Here I am 8 weeks into the Hal Higdon's Novice 1 Marathon training plan...and the nerves of what I am doing have hit.
In 1 1/2 hours, I'll be running the good ol' 13.1 miles. Not uncharted territory yet but it's a big deal none the less. This distance and I have met 5 times before but never like this. Never with a group of running people as a training run for something so much bigger. Double to be precise. You would think that I wouldn't be all nerves for another 2 weeks but everything else going on around this has made the final destination more real!
- Hotel booked for the Marathon weekend.
- Met up with other fall Marathoners from Stroller Warriors to discuss game plans.
- New shoes to break in came in. Time to narrow which pair I want for THE day.
It's real. I mean it was real the second I hit confirm on the OBX Marathon registration page but now it's really real.
Anyway... This is my attempt at settling my jitters or at least documenting them so I can look back at how crazy or completely sane I may or may not be. So let me sum up the last 8 weeks for the sake of getting it all in.
First issue of Marathon training... Upper respiratory infection paired with child bronchial asthma lunges that lasted the first 4 weeks. I still made all of the long runs but kept my easy runs down lower so my body could heal.
Second issue of Marathon training... ITB and forgetting to roll & stretch. My own fault...totally!
Third issue of Marathon training... What to eat before and during the run. I had after covered but what before??? I was just drinking coffee and a half of a protein bar but no. Tried oatmeal with protein scoop. Not bad. Settled on a banana in all its carby yumminess with some nutella. HEAVEN!
Fourth issue of Marathon training... Mentally prepping myself. No dread. Never dread. Respect the miles but never dread. Then you're defeated before you even start. Our long runs start at 5:30 am so I had to start the routine of earlier to bed but that wasn't enough. I was tossing and turning. I found that reading Hal Higdon's Marathon book till I fell asleep has worked to amp and settle me. Oh and planning...lots of planning! Sprinkled with Stroller Warriors' I Ran to Afghanistan Campaign to make the miles mean that much more!
I think that brings me up to current with all of this.
Next on the list to tackle...my hair. My thick hair that pulls down rubber bands, slides head bands, rejects holding up visors...oh this is going to be a fight! I'm trying a variety of things and I'm hoping I'm not going to have to pull some extreme measures!
Off to go run this crazy mile marker in this road to a Marathon! PS Yes.. Marathon. Not marathon. The "M" versus the "m" means A LOT!!!