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Has it already been a week?

Has it really been a week already, since I started writing again?

 

We are already in week 6 of training. That’s hard to believe.

My groups is small, but dedicated (for the most part!).

We’ve got people of all kinds of experience levels. A couple of first timers, a couple with 5+ marathons in the books and everything in between.

That’s one of the things I love about marathon training; there is no specific ‘type’ of person who trains for a marathon. Marathon runners come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common, the drive to push themselves to achieve something that only a small portion of the population will ever achieve.

 

For myself, training got off to a slow start.  The first 3 weeks were full of prior commitments, then I was in Hawaii for a week. Now I’m back, and it is time to step it up and play catch up.

I’ve been noticing it has been a little harder than I remember it being in the past.  The last 2 Sunday long runs have had their challenges, and I am not the biggest fan of tempo runs, but I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and plodding along.  The struggles make me question why I’m doing this again, why isn’t a half marathon enough? What if my best races are already behind me?

It’s hard not to compare yourself to other people you see training.  When I see someone I ran beside for the majority of one of my previous marathons, logging runs 30 seconds a kilometer faster than me, I get discouraged. When I see people logging more kilometers than me, or running on more days than me, it frustrates me.

The thing is, the hardest part of marathon training is what goes on in your head.  It is easy to convince yourself that it is too hard to run a marathon. It is hard to convince yourself you are capable of running a marathon.

I have the word believe tattooed on the inside of my right wrist.   It’s there to remind me to have more faith in myself, to believe in my abilities.

It is there to remind me that I can do anything I set my mind to.

I think it’s time to set my mind to marathon training.

 

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