Greetings! Sorry I’ve been pretty MIA for the past week.
I took the RRCA Running Coach Certification course over the weekend and I learned A LOT. I learned how to make a nice training plan for one’s goals based on current training and other factors, and I’m currently working on my first client’s (duh, Tyler) Little Rock Marathon plan. I’m doing it too, but he’s going to critique it based on his training experience, and I’m going to adjust it based on his performance. I learned about running form, about where a lot of running injuries come from (lucky me, I had a physical therapist in my class!), and about the business of coaching. I’ll do several more posts on what I learned in the coming weeks–after I pass the exam– but for today, I’d like to reflect on my training.
Today was the big 20-miler. It was a very pretty day for it.
Tyler and I completed 20 miles in 4 hours, 27 minutes, 37 seconds–this run included a lot of walking. It started out great, running two miles, then walking one minute. It started out a bit too fast perhaps due to finding a new running path off of our regular running path in Jamestown. However, somewhere between mile 11 and 12 my left IT band started hurting, so we walked. The more we walked the harder it was to start running again. So we walked the final 8 miles completely. We walked and talked a lot about marathon training, what our mistakes were, what we should do differently for Little Rock, how maybe marathons aren’t for everyone. No, I’m not giving up, I’m going to run/walk/cross the finish line of the Mount Desert Island Marathon on October 20, and I’m going to train my heart out for Little Rock next March.
So what’s next after Little Rock?
Well, it’s very unlikely I’ll sign up for another marathon anytime soon. During training for MDI, I have had only a few good long runs, whereas in 2012 I loved every single long training run I did. It was a magical year of fast (for me) half marathons, 10ks, and a 5k. I want to get back to that place when running was fun and not a chore, but I want to be faster. Marathon training has really burned me out, and I actually told Tyler today that I was starting to dislike running, when in reality, I really do truly love it. I just dislike it right now. Could it be because training for a marathon is an entirely new monster for me and I didn’t quite respect the distance as much as I should have? Yes. Could it change with Little Rock training? Maybe. There are several things that will make LRM training different–regular strength training and yoga, only working two to three days a week, and eating better. All things I have started already, just too late to have any huge effect on performance at MDI.
At the beginning of MDI training, Tyler and I set a lofty goal for our first marathon time to be sub-4:20. The more we trained the more apparent it was we would fail to meet that goal. So then it was 4:30, 4:45, and so on and so on. Now, it’s just to finish! WHICH IS STILL A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT–I had to keep telling myself that over and over again until I finally believed it a couple of weeks ago. I quite often set goals that are, in reality, just crazy. Like when I turned 30 (in August), I set the goal of an Ironman by 40, as well as run a marathon in all 50 states by 40. First of all, those are some expensive goals, haha, but given my schedule (work and school), I would go crazy! Maybe a race in every state–sure–but not a marathon. It would mean 5 marathons per year, which means pretty much no off-season–ever. Yes there are plenty of people who do this, I’m just not one of them, nor am I going to attempt it. Many people would see this point of view as a fail, I would see it as life. As in, I want to have one other than running all the time.
For example, our dogs haven’t really had a great walk (fyi–they do get in 2 walks a day, but just around the large apartment complex, not at the river, not in Colonial Williamsburg, which is seemingly their favorite place to walk) in weeks because we have been too busy with everything else–school, chores, running, recovering from running, other workouts, just too tired, etc. Since our long run wasn’t until Monday, and it was a beautiful evening, we took them to the York River for a stroll. I really missed this. Here are some snapshots from the walk:
For the next three weeks I’ll be tapering, then on Sunday, October 20th I’ll be running my first full marathon. It’s not a small feat, it’s huge! I will give it everything I have in me, and to some it may not be good enough, but I’m hoping to inspire others to want to just start running.
And for a little comic relief after this heavy post…..
Wash is already pushing for the LIttle Rock Marathon, just look at his new “outfit”…..the theme next year is Epic (comic book here themed).