Many of you have probably noticed that I never stopped talking about the Marine Corp Marathon, but that strangely enough, I really never mention the fact that I am about to run a full marathon in New Orleans. At this point it is hardly a month away and I have a very embarrassing confession to make – I am sick of marathon training. Now don’t get me wrong, I love running and I plan on being a runner for my entire life, but right now marathon training is not making me feel happy, strong, or accomplished like it usually does. In fact, marathon training is currently stressing me out.
Why the sudden shift from loving marathon training to dreading it? I have just been injured for so long that it is getting frustrating! I keep hoping that I will get better, but the truth is that I am not doing what I need to do to recover. I need to cut back on the mileage, add in more cross training, and also do some strength work/lifting. Being injured and trying to marathon train is really weighing on me. When I miss runs I feel guilty, but when I run and am in pain I am miserable. I want to rest and recover correctly to let me body heal, but know that right now I have to get ready for this marathon.
So today I forced myself to head out for 16 miles and it was painful, and slow, and did I mention painful yet? I still love running, but having such a strict marathon schedule to stick to is not working for my injured body right now.
The truth is that I am not sure how I feel about the New Orleans marathon. I am nowhere near where I wanted to be and I am in a lot of pain. Will I finish it? I hope so; however, it might hurt a lot. I think I am more excited for a girls’ weekend in New Orleans with lots of fun running friends and for marathon training to be over than for the race itself.
This doesn’t mean I will stop running or working out after New Orleans, it just means I will be running less, cross training more, and focusing on adding in some strength training. It will be nice to be able to go for a run with no set distance and to be able to listen to my body more instead of feeling so tied to my training schedule. I hope that by taking February – June to focus on recovering, getting healthy/injury free, and regaining strength and speed my body will finally have the chance to heal that it needs. Then in June I will see how my body is doing and decide on a fall full or some fall half marathons.
Until then I have one month before New Orleans, and 26.2 miles, and while I may not be super excited about it, I made a commitment that my injured body and I are going to try and see through the best we can.
Have you ever found that training was just not fun for you anymore?
What did you do to solve your problem and makes things fun again?