This week marks my fourth of marathon training. Marathon training, I have found, is a lot harder than half marathon training. My short turns are getting longer and my long runs are really long - I'm planning for a 13 miler this weekend, and my first 20 mile run is less than a month away! That seems terribly soon.
As for following my training plan to a T - not so much. I don't feel like I've gotten faster in a while, and this is partly because I haven't really been doing the recommended speedwork and tempo runs. I just don't like running fast - it's uncomfortable. Which is, of course, the point, not mention a vicious cycle - I would be more comfortable with speed if I ran fast more often, but because it's uncomfortable I don't run fast. On and on we go, at a slow but steady pace.
I've also been skipping some of the long runs, which is about the worst thing you can do when training for a marathon. One weekend we were in New Orleans, competing in the Adventure Race, which was a pretty good excuse. This past weekend, I had a lot of school work and writing to catch up on, and I also may or may not have had a hangover. Not such good excuses.
Overall, I'm doing okay with my training, but I need to start doing better before this unrepentant slacking catches up with me. Here's my plan to get back on track and kick the marathon's ass:
1. Stop skipping long runs.
2. Limit alcohol for the next few weeks, especially on nights before a run.
3. Commit to cross training - yoga and weight dates at the rec center, twice a week for each.
4. Watch my fuel - make sure I eat right after a long run, make sure I'm getting enough protein, and make sure I switch to water in the afternoon, instead of drinking coffee straight up until beer time (which will be henceforth known as herbal tea time).
If I follow these simple guidelines, I'm sure I can get over the plateau I've been sitting on for the last few weeks. Until the next marathon update!