My training plan had me run two short miles last night, it was a low-key and easy workout. But it was productive beyond the miles I logged. During my run I had a bit of an epiphany about the marathon/training run this weekend and my dilemma on whether to incorporate walking into my run. Here is my decision: I WILL WALK. Yep, I said it out loud and now I need to own that decision, embrace it and do it.
I realized last night that my goal is the Fall 50, it’s not the marathon so why fight against my Coach’s recommendation? I hired him for a reason, so I should listen to him. I also want to run the 6-hour race in 2 weeks, which I will only be able to do if I incorporate walk breaks. Another reason to take walk breaks. Plus, I already have 8 marathons under my belt, none of which I walked – despite the many hurdles I encountered. I already proved to myself that I can run a marathon. No need to be so stubborn (eh, em….this is what is called irony) and insist on running this marathon because it’s counter productive to my long-term goals.
It was suddenly so obvious yesterday on my short 2-mile run. I guess I just needed time to think through it completely and come up with the decision on my own, that way I can own it and not be bitter.
In a weird way, I’m now looking forward to being able to take a few walk breaks. It will help me keep my final goal – The Fall 50 – in mind and not focus as much on this marathon. And since I’ve gone through such great lengths in other areas of my training (i.e, hiring a Coach, seeing a nutritionist, etc) that it would be foolish to not take this part of my training just as seriously.
If I’m going to talk the talk, I need to walk the walk. Literally.
Until next time,