Well today I finally took the plunge and signed up for my second marathon!
My first marathon was sort of a joke between not training, getting injured, and then running with a friend that took a lot of walking breaks, so now I’m looking for redemption. Not that my training has been great this time around… I basically just decided a month ago to amp up my long runs and see if my foot could take it. Besides my training run, I’m only fitting in two other runs and they are usually only 3 miles. Part of this is time constraints and part of it is fear of doing too much and getting injured but I suppose I should be just as concerned about not training enough and getting injured. .. just keep your fingers crossed!
I had mentioned previously this fall and summer that I have had ongoing tendonitis issues in my left foot and man it is a bitch. I have been battling it for almost a year which is crazy. After taking 6-7 months off of running it still wasn’t completely gone but doing a lot of physical therapy exercises and strength training has worked wonders and I hope I can hold it together for race day.
I’m sharing some pics of my recent training runs- really there have only been 3-4 serious long runs (I know that’s bad for a marathon but I started training right after I finished triathlon season so my endurance was in pretty good shape). My pace is much better than it was last year and while I’m confident I should be able to PR no problem I still wanted to share my goals.
Last years marathon was about 5 hours since I ran with my friend Annie and we took way too many walk breaks. I definitely didn’t feel like I needed that many breaks but we had agreed to stick together so I held back. This year is a different story- I’m running completely on my own so my any walking breaks I take are 100% my decision (and I’m hoping I won’t have to take any!) So anyways here are my goals based off my training runs….
A Goal: Finish (duh)
B Goal: Finish under 5 hours
C Goal: finish around 4.5 hours
Goal C is definitely doable based on my training times for my long runs but since my other runs have been lacking you really never know what will happen on race day. My main priority is to stay healthy and enjoy the last few weeks of training and have a great race day.
Are you training for a race? What is your goal!?