Last week was week 8 of Eugene Marathon training. Completing week 8 of a 16-week plan means that I am now HALFWAY through this training cycle.
This excites me and scares me at the same time because I can’t wait to race Eugene but I also don’t feel ready quite yet.
I haven’t blogged near as much during this training cycle as I did when training for big races before. I am not exactly sure why, especially since this is the most challenging marathon training cycle I have ever had. But really, I just feel like I am kind of putting my head down and getting it done. And there really isn’t too much to say…I got up early, I ran, it was hard, but I nailed my splits (or didn’t) and then repeat.
I love marathon training and this cycle has been no exception. In fact, increasing my mileage has been a new challenge that I have whole-heartedly enjoyed. Seeing workouts and training weeks that scare me a little every week is what keeps me going. It’s what I day dream about at work all day and what I think about when I fall asleep at night.
So where am I at and what have I learned in the last 8 weeks?
- Increasing mileage isn’t as big of a deal as I thought it would be. Since I did it slowly, it never felt overwhelming and the longer mid-week runs are just sort of part of the routine now.
- My body feels pretty good. I am at the point where I think every little twinge is a season ending injury but so far, nothing major has come up. I did get a much needed massage last week to work out tightness in my right glute and hamstring, but it feels like it did the trick. (*crosses fingers*)
- I am starting to feel stronger and more confident. Speed workout and tempo paces that were brutally impossible 6 weeks ago are starting to become manageable. Not easy, but just hard enough that I can hit the splits and feel strong and not like I will collapse any second.
- I am paranoid of germs. The last thing I want right now is to get sick so I am washing my hands like crazy and hate touching things in public places like airports.
- I don’t yet have butterflies about the race. When I think about race day, it is still far enough away that I don’t get that nervous, excited flutter in my tummy. When I picture race day, all that comes to mind right now is “What will I wear?” which of course I can’t answer because I have no idea what the weather will be.
- I have a *little* anxiety about not having travel plans for Eugene yet. Many of my housemates for the weekend have already booked flights and rental cars and have their travel sorted. I will do my best not to be vague here (since I hate that) but I just need some more time to figure out the details.
- My appetite is crazy! I tried something different during this training cycle and I am tracking my calorie burn and intake with My Fitness Pal. This has been helpful because I tend to overdo it with sugar when I am training, but I can see with the app that I DO need a lot of calories to fuel but I also am more accountable with sugar intake. And without even trying, I have lost about 5 lbs. I actually think it was 5 lbs that I could stand to lose since I had gained some after 70.3 training last fall.
- I have talked about this a few times now, but the treadmill has been a really good training tool for me. It works out really well to do a recovery run on the treadmill then head straight downstairs to my 6 a.m. yoga class on Mondays and Fridays. It ensures that I keep recovery runs easy and don’t push myself more than I should and just makes sense sometimes.
- Speaking of yoga, I am obsessed. There was a time last week when I went to a yoga class 4 out of 5 days. I love how I feel after and I truly believe that it has been part of me staying healthy over the last 8 weeks.
- I love running. Now more than ever. I had one day where I felt burnt out, but looking back now I think I probably had a little Monday blues more than anything. At almost 9 weeks into training, I am not yet “ready to get it over with”. But we’ll see…
Here’s hoping to 7 more weeks of a healthy body and tough mind!