This week I officially kicked off a new training cycle for my next full marathon in October. Seeing as I have many in my network who are not runners, or who are runners that have yet to try the marathon distance, I thought I’d share what it’s really like (at least for me) to get to that 26.2 finish line.
So, welcome to my Road to Chicago! Each Sunday I’ll be sharing a recap of the previous week’s training and #allthethoughts that go along with it.
Before you may bounce away thinking:
“Yeah don’t need one more person making me feel _[insert any emotion other than “inspired”]_ about my running,” let me be very clear:
This is NOT …going to be just a breakdown of my workouts and paces. #boring
This IS …going to be a place where I share the often not-talked-about aspects of marathon training.
Maybe you’ve had some of the same thoughts I have and felt it’s “probably just me.” Well friend, I am willing to bet money I’ve felt it too, as have others, and it’s 150% normal.
I also am on a personal journey to apply the lessons and mindset shifts I’ve honed in running to my life as a whole, which is a totally different uphill battle.
My hope is that you will walk away after reading each installment with one of the following:
- Motivation to go run (or simply be physically active)
- A sense of relief that the challenges and thoughts you experience while training are not a sign that you are any less than athlete than anyone else
- An appreciation for what your body CAN do physically, even if it’s not the same as others (myself included)
- A little insight into the mind of a long-distance runner trying to balance training, running (and growing) a business, a social life and getting enough rest to keep all the plates spinning
Next up: pre-training base building.
Yes, before you can even start a training cycle, you need a base of fitness and that sucker does not solidify overnight.
Here’s a recap of I’ve been up to the last 10-ish weeks leading up to Monday’s “official” start of the 16-week cycle.