Being that today marks week 6 of training for my first marathon in Newport, I figured it was about time to check in about how it was going.
First, I will say: so far, so good.
Thus far, I haven’t done anything that I haven’t done before, so to speak. Honestly, I’ve been doing a bit less than I’ve done before. My training plan (as training plans are keen to do) builds up over time, so my first few weeks have been relatively easy. I’ve been consistent with my schedule and laying the groundwork to start increasing mileage. I’m happy to say that I’m feeling strong so far. My body is feeling healthy; I’m running what I should be and I’m fitting in some cross-training for overall balance.
Second, I will say: I think I’m about to turn a (exciting, but sort of nerve-inducing) corner.
In the coming weeks, I will surely test my endurance, time commitment, and mental resolve. This current week is still ‘easy’, but things will start to steadily build from there. My plan calls for me to start increasing my weeknight running mileage, as well as to build up my long run up on Saturdays. In a month’s time, I will be pushing myself close to setting new distance personal records for myself. I’m excited to make this progress, but, of course, my mind is always chirping at me with some self-doubt, too.
One of my biggest concerns is simply the time factor. I know that I will make the time to log the miles that I need, but being a person with a tightly packed schedule, it does give me a bit of stress thinking of what I will have to cut back on or forego in order to make it happen.
But I will.
I will make it happen (and I’m sure I’ll tell you how it goes).
The reality of my marathon-mission set in this weekend as I took two more steps forward. I finally booked my hotel room for the overnight stay and I registered for a half-marathon as part of my training. My plan actually recommends that I run a half-marathon right around the mid-point of my plan, so I set out to see if there is a local one happening that weekend . . . and there is! I’m now registered for the Hop Hop Half on March 24th!
So, there you have it. Marathon training is fully underway, accommodations are arranged, and I’ve got a new race to complete in three weeks!
I know many others are also ramping up your training as spring heads our way. How’s it going for you?