Hey guys! Today, I’m kind of thinking out loud in order to think through some things. I have been going back and forth about this for months now, and today’s the day to figure it out. What am I talking about?
Marathon training! I have been doing some soul searching about putting myself through the training for a marathon in April again. Part of me really wants to do it, but the other part of me just doesn’t want to go through it again. And I can’t decide which part outweighs the other. So, I made kind of a pros and cons list to help me decide.
I really want to do it again because I get excited thinking about crossing that finish line! I also think about how much fun the race could be. I really want a do-over from last year. I want to run it and not be sick, so I can enjoy it. Plus, my dad is going to do it so we could do it together again! There are so many things that I would do differently this year if I decide to try it.
I truly don’t know if my body can physically do it. Last year I struggled with a bad knee, back pain, and nausea through the last month of training and the race. I also remember just how tired and worn out I was. I was so tired that I never wanted to do any cross training or strength training, and a lot of weeks I didn’t. Towards the end, I was dreading the runs and did not enjoy the training at all. (A lot of that I would do differently.) I felt like training took over my life, and I didn’t have time to focus on or enjoy anything else. I am also worried about training this year because I don’t have a treadmill anymore. I had one last year so I could still run when the weather was bad. (Could be an excuse to get a new one!)
Even though the list of cons outweigh the pros, I still think I want to at least try it. I talked it over with my best friend, and I think I’m going to go ahead and train. She said that I should at least start it because if I wait until March and decide that I want to do it, it will be too late. I figure that I can try and if I don’t or can’t get ready for the full marathon, I can at least do the half.
So….we are doing this again! And, training starts TODAY! Well actually tomorrow, Monday’s are rest days. I think I’m going to use a Hal Higdon plan again. But I’m not completely sure yet. I guess I have until tomorrow to decide!
What are your thoughts about Jeff Galloway’s training plans? Or what other training plan would you recommend?