Where has the time gone? I can not believe the marathon is just over 2 weeks away. I’m ready for it and not ready for it at the same time. I think the reason I don’t feel ready is because something major is missing this time around. — My anxiety seems to be MIA. Not that I don’t still have it, I do, but it’s nowhere near the level I normally reach at this point in training. Normally, at this time, I’ve consulted every conceivable weather predictor to try to guess what the weather will be like on race day, I’ll have my pre-race meal all planned and restaurant reservations booked and I’ll have a good idea of what I’m wearing etc. But I haven’t done any of that (yet!).
I have to say, and perhaps my husband would disagree with me, but I’ve been a lot more relaxed this training season. Other than being concerned about a lingering injury, I really haven’t fretted about much this year. Two 18-mile runs, a 20 with hills and a 22-miler have come and gone without incident. I wasn’t even overly anxious prior to the 20+ milers. I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to them, more because I knew I’d be running for 4 hours and that’s just a long time and it’s really boring. But I wasn’t too concerned about them physically or mentally, etc. HUGE, HUGE progress for me. Not until I sit back and think about the fact that the marathon is just over 2-weeks away and that I am already tapering, does the magnitude of this year’s training really hit me.
- What was different this year? Is it because I’m kinda, sorta getting a hang for this whole running thing? Nope, I doubt it.
- Is it just that once a person has run 20+ miles almost a dozen times, it’s no big deal any longer? Nah.
- Since I’m not experiencing too many “firsts” with winter training anymore, am I not as shocked or worried as I was in the past? Perhaps.
- How about the fact that since the winter was so mild, it wasn’t as grueling and curse-word inducing as in the past? Possibly.
- Was my resolve to have fun this year the attitude adjuster that I needed to enjoy the training? HHhmmm, maybe.
- Or am I too preoccupied about my fall marathon and I’m just logging the miles for this spring race to get me ready for fall? Aahh, I may be on to something with this one.
While I, of all people, will never-ever take any race for granted, I think I am already looking past this marathon and am focused on fall. But I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s made me less of a crazy person and I’ve been much more tolerable and pleasant this training season, if I do say so myself. And it’s not like I slacked off and didn’t train hard. I’ve actually had some really hard hill workouts and have cross trained and run as I should have.
So I guess I need to thank my soon-to-be-announced fall marathon for making me a bit more calm this winter. It’s been a refreshing change of pace. And it’s very much-needed because I will soon be embarking on a lot more “firsts” soon. First time doing 2 marathons in one year and first time training for a marathon in the summer heat. I can not imagine my anxiety level staying anywhere close to normal for this. Which will make for a crazy, action-packed summer and a fun, foul-mouthed blog!
So until then, I’m going to enjoy the taper over the next 2 weeks and I’ll be sure to let you know how the Eau Claire marathon goes. I hope it’s just as uneventful as this training as been.
So here’s to uneventful!
Until next time.