Last night I hit the ground running a little later than usual.
(^ Shout out to Ali.)
The sun was just about set by the time I got down to the beach, but there is no rest for the weary! Especially the weary who are in the midst of marathon training. We just have to forge forward with our eyes on the prize – a delicious free banana earned after running 26.2 miles!
My calves were so flipping tight during the first half mile of last night’s run that I literally thought about calling it quits every 2 seconds. My right achilles also felt quite a bit tight and required some stretching. Somewhere along the way everything loosened up though, hallelujah. It’s funny how last week I was complaining that I didn’t feel like I was running enough for marathon training. Then one 16-miler run later and I’m like “GUYS I’M FALLING APART!”
Okay, not really! I’m just in the final month of marathon training and officially feeling like it! Last night I reminded myself several times that I’m supposed to feel tired right now; that fatigue is part of the packaged deal you receive when you sign up for a distance race and try to achieve a PR.
By the way, can you believe Chicago is now just a month and a few days away! Jenny shared this video with me yesterday and it got me so turnt up! <– lol.
I remember sitting at home last year watching a live stream of the lead pack run through the streets of Chicago while virtually cheering on some friends who went on to achieve big PRs. I was so jealous! Even though I had just run the Portland Marathon the weekend before, the wheels were already spinning in my mind … I was going to run Chicago too!
The Big Day is almost here! Holy cow!
Now that October is just around the corner I’m measuring time in relation to the marathon. New season of The Mindy Project? Starts just a couple of weeks before the marathon. New Mindy book? Also comes out before the marathon. Adam’s birthday? The marathon will be over by then. Thanksgiving? The marathon will be over by then.
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around I hope to have started a new training plan that will help me achieve a half marathon PR at the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half in February, but I can’t tell you about that yet. It’s a secret!
Fellow marathon runners in training: what is one thing that has really surprised you this training cycle?
BTW if anyone reading this is running the NYC Marathon I was thinking last night that you should really add Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” to your running playlist. If I was running NYC I would have it on repeat 24/7!