Challenges · running

Marathon (#1) training has started

After a four-week hiatus due to my own silly expectations and burning myself out with races I am back into it. And while it was nice to let my body rest, I also felt the sludge creeping back in which made me feel worse about not running.  So I bit the bullet and did it. Jumped on the tready for a quick 3km warm up and in that 20 mins I was invigorated to keep it going.

I then race registrations.
And paid for it.
There is no backing out now.
I am officially registered for the Ross marathon.
42.2kms.
4+ hours running.

Off to the store I go and find the Asics training app to help keep me motivated and in the zone to get my speed, and distance just right.

I’ve done three 7km runs so far with a supposed 12 day break then straight into a 10K.  Really. I don’t think so. My plan is to fill those rest days with targeted strength training and other short/med/long runs, while keeping enough rest days as just that. Rest days.

There are about 12 weeks til race day so I will be working pretty hard, especially as over the next 3 weeks I am moving house. From then on, I can do early morning or evening runs as I will be 2 mins away from work as compared to 30.

I have one race between now and then, a ten km locally which will be good practice. At 5 weeks away it will give me a chance to improve and work on several problem areas.
I am feeling optimistic, which is fair given its early days. I dare say when there is only a few weeks left the nerves will start to kick in.
I’m optimistic about my skill, my ability to do it. I can this.
I’m optimistic also about the time and finishing.  My training will be mainly hilly  and I’ve heard the course is pretty flat. So incline training to finish a flatter course strongly (I’m not going to even think about negative splits, that will be a bonus).

I have also decided to relinquish my need for running to the app and just do what it says. Aside of course from a12 day break. But if it says do 12kms, I will do 12 kms.
I’m ready for this.
This is my year for running.
This is my year to really discover me, and what I am capable of.
This is my year to follow my dreams, to work on interstate races, to decide my distance preference.
And you know what I say…?

Bring it on!!

My goals for the marathon.
To finish.
To finish under 5hrs.
To finish around the 4.30hrs mark.

I also know that by the time I get there I will be the fittest I have ever been and stronger than ever.

Work hard, enjoy the journey, reap the rewards.
Jennifer

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