Welcome back for another training update! Lately I’ve been battling my running mojo and so I’ve decided to reevaluate my current level of fitness and goals for the Edinburgh Marathon.
I’ve been training so to speak, but I’m not where I thought I would be if that makes sense. Instead of getting down on myself and focusing on where I wish I was, I’m going to do my best to stay positive and move forward.
I’m not burnt out on running, but I’ve been enjoying spending more time doing other things like gardening, weight lifting, spending time with my husband, yoga, cooking, etc.
I haven’t lost my running mojo or motivation, but I’m to a point where I don’t want to force myself to do a specific workout if my heart isn’t in it. I don’t want to view running as a chore or obligation. I want to see it as something that brings me joy, mental clarity and something I do because I love it.
I’m not at all worried that I won’t be able to run the marathon. I could complete the distance this weekend if I had to, it just might not be pretty. I need to readjust my expectations and realign my goals with my current level of fitness.
I still have plenty of time for things to come together, but I also know what’s realistic for me to accomplish given the amount of time. My race is May 28th, so I’m just working back at this point.
My weekly mileage is not where I wish it was and my body responds best to a slow build, so I think I’m going to play it safe.
Here’s my strategy for the coming weeks:
- 4-5 days of running a week instead of 6 days like previous cycles.
- 2 days for things I love like hiking, yoga, light spinning or weight lifting. This should help me balance active recovery, mileage and variety.
- Include some form of speedwork during my long run and one other time during the week. I want to stop worrying about specific workouts or drills and just do whatever makes sense on the day.
- Do weight lifting or yoga whenever I feel like it. I want to be more flexible about working it in on my shorter run days specifically. It’s easy for me to throw on some arms and back work on a speed work day or do legs on an easy run day.
I haven’t even begun to outline my goals for the marathon yet. I am racing a half marathon at the very end of this month, so I should have a better idea after that race.
For now I just want to focus on enjoying the training and enjoying the other areas of my life that seem to get a bit neglected when I am pouring everything into training.
Can you relate to this? Has this ever happened to you during a training cycle?
Do you have any advice for me?