Sunday, September 21, 2014

Columbus Marathon Training: Week 12

This was the week I was fearing. Getting to the point of being completely drained. Physically, mentally, emotionally drained. I knew it was coming. It always does. I thought I would have been over it with two 20 milers under my belt. Nope. 


It's just really nice to know I am not alone in this. A have read a bunch of people hitting this same exact wall this week. 



So this week I had four workouts. They totaled 22 miles. I have 92.1 miles for September and 898 for 2014. 



This is the first week I have been under 30 miles in a week. I also didn't hit my third and final 20 miler. There is a reason, I am hurting. My foot is killing me and my IT Band is flaring up. With under a month until the race, I am very okay with skipping that long run. It's about getting to the start line healthy. 


My taper starts next week. I'm adjusting it a little with the added hurt. I will not be doing my last track workout. I will supplement it with an easy few miles. 


I will also be taking on the first and second legs of the Akron Marathon Relay with Sarah's recent diagnosis. That will also play a factor in my training this week. 


Week 13 seems a little early to start a taper, but I have two races next weekend and it's just how it goes. I can only be extremely proud of myself for everything I have already accomplished the last 12 weeks. Two 20 mile runs, my second fastest half marathon and 388.6 miles. 


Yeah, I'm good with it. 


I leave Friday for Akron and I cannot wait to tell you guys all about it! 


What week of training is your usual mental block? How do you get yourself out of it? 

3 comments:

  1. Steffany, you have done SO GREAT with your training; thank you for being a constant source of encouragement and motivation, chica! Since I trained for what was "supposed" to be my first full marathon last winter, I remember feeling completely done with all the training business about 4 weeks before the race; I was just ready for it to be over. I think some of that had to do with the grand expectation of finishing my first marathon, and some of it was because I was just tired of training! You are doing great; so excited about Akron, and I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  2. The only thing that gets me through those mental blocks is picturing myself running the race I am preparing for - and knowing that I will take a much needed break after the race. You are so close to race day, you can do it!

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  3. I am with you on hitting the mental block. I even adjusted my taper weeks to help me get though it. I think I just want the race to get here so I can see what I can do.. Good luck in Akron to you and your team

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