Sunday, January 5, 2014

It's All Mental

Marathon training is equally amazing and exhausting. Mostly exhausting, both mentally and physically. I learned about the mental part during training for my first marathon. I knew I was injured, but I was going to finish. 

In this training, the mental part was pretty sustained. I had already conquered the distance once, so there couldn't be the fear that I couldn't run that far. The fear now is, am I going to be able to act on my expectations. 

This training went really well. After the dreaded IT Band issue, my body started really accepting the miles. I learned how to successfully execute the long slow run, which has always been an issue for me. I may not have gotten the distance runs in, but I got the miles in all together. 

Of course life gets in the way. When my nephew was born I lost two days of training and a long run, but no amount of miles could have given me what that moment did. Then the snow came, and I was focused on getting to the start line healthy, not injured. 

My longest run in this training ended up being 18 miles, which is still great. I did it at a great pace and felt really good when I finished. That was about a month ago. Since then I've done a few 14 mile runs, but is that enough? It has to be, the race is next week! 

It is challenging to get that thought out of my head, is this enough? A few months ago I had a tweet of mine featured in Runners World magazine about inspirational thoughts through training. 

Alright, so how did the journey go?

1. I am getting to the start line healthy. Already a better start than my last marathon. My body feels really good and if all I can complain about is needing to stretch a little, that's a win in my book. 

2. I did more miles in the month of December than any month in 2013. 122 miles is a high for me. The month before my last marathon, April, I had 113 miles. That included a 20 mile run. 

3. I'm not a marathon virgin anymore. I've done this before. I know what it feels like to see mile 22 and wanting to give up. I know the feeling of crossing that finish line and being able to breathe. I also know the feeling of not living up to your own expectations. I won't fear those feelings anymore, I've already had them. 

Feeling confident at the start line will push me through the 39.3 miles for sure. Plus I'm going to get to meet a few of the twitter friends I have made in the past few weeks. A good time should be had by all, and hopefull a new PR to go along with it. 


  1. Great post! Can't wait to meet you!!

  2. Good read!!! I think marathons are 80 percent mental and 20 physical.. I have yet to run one injured free.. Hopefully in may I will... Stop by my blog as well

  3. Thank you for posting this. I'm in week 3 of training for my first marathon (Pittsburgh in May), and I'm soaking up every bit of wisdom, experience and inspiration from other writers as I can. If you're interested, I'm writing up a summary of each week as I go.