Geez, I am doing an awful job at keeping you guys updated on my training! Has it really been three weeks since my last marathon post? Where has time gone?
July is over and we logged just over 300 kilometers (187 miles). I had a lot of setbacks these last two weeks, and a little scare two Sundays ago actually forced me to stop my long run 8 miles short. My husband is doing incredibly well; he can run on the treadmill with a speed of 8.5 miles/hour like no one’s business. My pace has improved a lot as well. I can sustain a pace faster than my marathon pace (7.3 miles/hour) for a pretty decent distance, which makes me feel a lot more confident about reaching my goal this September.
It’s hard to believe that the marathon is only 7 weeks away! This is when you start the “marathon preparation” and the training gets harder. Intervals and speed training will get more and more frequent, and the distances will get longer and longer.
The next couple of weeks are, for me, the hardest emotionally. This is when I start to wonder why in the world I signed up in the first place—when I just can’t wait for it all to be over. Doubts and thoughts of giving-up will cross my mind often. And I’ll be counting down the days until the taper weeks arrive.
It’s been a while since I updated you guys on my marathon training, huh? Truth is, after I got sick not only did I have to stall my training for a while, I also lacked the energy to do everything else.
I can’t believe we’ve already completed 5 weeks of training. It’s crazy how fast time goes by when you’re focused and busy preparing for something you consider important and, well, enjoy. This week we were prepared to log our highest number of kilometers yet, but since a cold hit me unexpectedly throughout the end, I had to slow down and rest.
Here’s what happened:
This week was hard. As our training progresses, the more miles we have to run and, consequently, the more calories we burn. As of last week, I’ve been burning an average of 800-1000 calories per workout. And I’ll be honest, eating enough to recharge my body throughout the day has been a challenge.
Two questions I keep getting a lot lately are, “how do you find the motivation to train when you’re tired and achy?” and “how do you stay motivated?” Truth is, for me, motivation was never really an issue. I love being active, and exercise is an important and crucial part of my life—it changes my mood entirely and makes my day that much better.
It feels so good to be all settled-in in our new apartment—I’m loving it! Because of the patio, it actually feels more like a house than an apartment; I love sitting out there in the afternoon and getting some sun while doing a little bit of reading (I heard that 15-20 minutes/day of sun is actually good for you—it’s supposed to help your body absorb vitamins better).
After four months of running under 100 kilometers/month, the time has come to put our game face on and start training for our next marathon, which will take place this September in the beautiful state of California. As I said in a previous post, this time my husband and I will be training much, much harder in efforts to qualify for the Boston Marathon next year. (Fingers crossed!)
In the midst of Christmas Eve madness, I want to take a moment to wish you all a very happy and wonderful Holiday! May the magic of this day fill your hearts with joy, cheer and humility, and remind you of how blessed and loved you truly are.
I’ll be taking a couple of days off from the blog to rest and to spend some much needed quality time with those I love, but I will be updating my social media accounts on a regular basis.
See you soon!