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Marathon Training Update: Uh, Wishful Thinking

I realize I haven’t written much about my marathon training lately, but there’s a reason for that: my marathon training has gone to the crapper. Seriously.

See, my thoughts were that I could double the length of my marathon training thus taking twice the time to build up my mileage. I thought my knees would be able to handle it, but I quickly learned that my left knee refuses to go farther than six miles—and that’s pushing it. Five miles is barely comfortable.

And I’m thankful for five miles! But something in the back of my mind tells me that I’m not a real runner unless I’m training for a big race. So I try to be upbeat, but I’m sad that the marathon this fall is iffy. In the meantime, I’m still running a few times a week, and I have three races on my schedule for this summer—2 5Ks and 1 10K. I’ve been able to do some speedier short runs, so maybe I can break my PR for the shorties next month.

I considered doing a sprint triathlon in July, but it’s in Texas, and I don’t think our budget can handle the registration, travel, and equipment costs right now. Besides that, I’m a horrible swimmer.

So that’s what’s going on with me, and that’s why I haven’t been writing about it. I’ll keep you posted on my upcoming races. Pray for a PR!

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5 thoughts on “Marathon Training Update: Uh, Wishful Thinking

  1. I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time with long runs. But, no matter what, you ARE a real runner – you’re getting out there and competing which is all that matters!

    I’m sure you’ll do great in your upcoming races – I hope you can meet your PR goals.

  2. Man, do I know where you’ve been. My best advice is that you prepare for the mental depression or whatever it was I had that first spring we ran together. Love you.

  3. Girl, hang in there. I know what you mean. In response to your comment on my Xanga this weekend, I would love to run with you during the week! I don’t know about the biking, as I don’t have a bike rack for my car. 😦 Are you still going to the Y any? Up for some serious Toning to the Max??? I’m going to start doing some spinning in this “off” season for me before I start running again with the Ridge Runner folks again this summer. One thing though, don’t think of yourself as not a runner if you don’t do the long distances…that totally doesn’t matter. Get some PR’s on those short races! The squirrel race is coming up!

    Text/call me sometime soon. Let’s meet up!

  4. Thanks for the encouragement! I have some new ITB stretches to do for the next few weeks, and I actually made it to the gym on Monday and Tuesday. I’m thinking about a local sprint triathlon in August; maybe the swimming and biking will give me a boost!

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