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Feb 28 / Jane

February Marathon Training

I’m rounding out another month of marathon training (!) at under a 100mi… I’m not feeling so great about that. I’m about 10 miles off from where I was last year and my pace is about 30sec/mi slower on average. I hate that I focus so much on the numbers, but I was really hoping to make some improvements this time around!

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The weather is starting to affect my mood. A lot of my runs were postponed or delayed due to bitter cold, snow and ice. This forced me to make up milage or skip some runs all together. I think that’s the main reason I’m now dealing with an overuse injury, ITBS. Resting and KT Tape assisted for a bit, I had absolutely no problem at the stair climb this past weekend (but that was a whopping 2 and a half minutes), and then, during PI on Tuesday, I aggravated it, and after tonight’s run, I think I’ll be off another day or two at least.

I’ve only run 12.5 miles this week (2 runs) and I plan my long run (supposed to be 17, will likely be more like 13, 15 at the most) on Saturday before the kitties vet appointments. Tomorrow the high is 21 degrees, with wind chill values at -6, so needless to say, I will not be running. It was 15 during my run today, with the windchill, and it even flurried some. It should warm up for Saturday, but then we’ll get snow/rain/ice again Sunday into Monday.

I’d tossed around the idea of running a fall marathon for a couple weeks now. I think subconsciously I’ve written off my training for this marathon and am looking to a new opportunity already. Please, someone talk me out of this. I need to make this marathon count, I need to enjoy it! I love my time spent running. I love being with my thoughts; or running with Alex; running a workout with PI on Tuesdays; and running with an interesting book on my long runs (I’m listening to “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat” by Hal Herzog, it’s incredibly engaging). I know I have the ability to run longer, harder, faster; I just need the will to do it. I had a plan, but it’s not adapting well.

To get me through the end of my run this evening (the knee was really killing me running back uphill), I replayed my favorite saying, “where the mind goes, the body follows,” and my body needed to go to where it’s whole and happy. Whole and Happy. This what I said to myself the last half mile. And let me tell you, I was feeling it at the end. Or maybe I was just happy to be doneā€¦ Or happy I’d done it?

It’s time to get back into my own head and make this training count.
Whole and Happy.

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