Back to training

The most valuable part of marathon training is learning to run when you don’t want to. As I said in a previous post, sometimes I hate running. During my first marathon, I hated running for about 12.5 miles. That is why I (and I’m assuming many others) train: to learn to run when I don’t want to.

People running through the tunnel during the Detroit Marathon in 2012.

People running through the tunnel during the Detroit Marathon in 2012.

In the few weeks that I haven’t been training, I’ve been working on this more. I’ve been running every day I say I’m going to, whether I want to or not. It’s like the pre-req to training well. And, not surprisingly, I’ve felt good during each of the runs and I feel prepared to train again. As of this weekend, I am back in training. I’m strongly considering doing the LA Marathon on March 9, which is only 15 weeks away! Yikes!

I’m going to train this time around the way I did last winter: without skipping any runs, and I will push myself. That means running when I don’t want to (something I failed miserably at this summer).

I remember very clearly a run last January when I was so tired of running I felt like I’d been running for months, it had really been about four miles. I wanted the marathon to be the next day just so I could have some time off. But, the feeling passed and within a couple days I was back to enjoying training. I am looking forward to that again.

Some goals for training this winter:

  • Don’t skip runs! (Unless, of course, I’m injured or it would be dangerous to run.)
  • Do track or a tempo run at least once a week.
  • Focus on nutrition more. Now that I’m prepared for how hungry I’ll be, I can plan for it.
  • Considering cross training as part of the training, not as something extra. Swim, bike, core, strength, yoga.