Marathon training and joy

Since my last post about running and riding trails, I’ve only returned to the trails once. I had an unexpected early afternoon off of work, where I could have used that time to finish the million things on my to-do list, but I took my fat tire bike out and enjoyed some me-time. These sunny, warm, beautiful October afternoons are limited, they must be filled with joy.

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On the marathon training front, I had been nervous I might need to drop to the half marathon. My legs just weren’t coming around after Ironman. My long runs all felt pretty rough and had me thinking I have no business showing up for 26.2 miles. I thought of a few reasons to quit, but I refused to let myself check the marathon website to see when the deadline was for distance changes. If I let myself check, it would be a step towards giving up. This is a good kind of stubborn!

Finally last Friday I had a decent feeling long run! I still ended up running/walking the last few miles of 16 and I was okay with that. I’ve had the pleasure of running on sunny, warm, beautiful fall colored days and if it takes me a few minutes longer to finish my long run, more Madison beauty to enjoy for me!

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What’s left for my marathon training is an 18 miler this coming weekend, that I’m actually looking forward to! I had a friend message me and ask me to join her in her Fellow Flowers virtual Joy Run. She’s looking to do 5 miles and bringing two other friends. I’ve asked a couple of my friends if they want to join as well, so 5 miles of my 18 will be FULL of JOY!

I have a lot going on between now and the marathon, and I fully intend to find the joy in all of it, taper included!

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One comment

  1. It took me a good 6-8 weeks for my legs to bounce back from IMMT, so I know EXACTLY what was going through your head about wanting to drop down to the 1/2. I’m glad your legs are finally bouncing back and feeling more recovered! Just in time to get those big miles in before race day!

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