Wow. It’s that time of the training cycle again already. Time to look back on the training, reflect and do a recap, in order to remind myself just how prepared I am for the race (and to keep track of things in one handy place, because I’m anal like that).
So how did the training for Chicago marathon go? Very well! Physically I am, without a doubt, in the best shape of my life. My entire body feels strong (thank you pilates and core work!). My legs feel solid, strong, powerful and healthy (thank you biking! and mile after mile of running!).
16 weeks (including next week of taper) Miles run per week: 35, 49, 44, 40, 54, 50, 56, 60, 56, 50, 42, 63, 62, 45, 27
Long runs (mileage): 15, 16, 14, 18.5, 20.2, 20.3, 13.1, 16, 20, 21, 16
Extras: Lots and lots of biking during the first 12 weeks; no biking the last 4 weeks (just because of life/work schedule and no time); Core and/or pilates 4 – 6 times a week (woot!)
Quality workouts: 2+ quality workouts a week with MP miles and/or speedier intervals. My paces were better – and more importantly, felt easier and HR was lower – than similar intervals last year pre-TCM when I got my current marathon PR.
Physically, I am ready to crush my PR (which is 3:42:19). But we all know that it takes more than physical readiness to do well in a marathon. Your mental game also needs to be on. And – I am happy to say – mentally I am also ready to crush my PR. This is where my blogging gets goofy – so those of you who don’t like the sappy stuff, move along. Those of you who don’t mind the sappy stuff (hi Mom!), keep on reading. 🙂 I am at a really good place mentally. Most of you know the last year has been a difficult one for me, with the end of my 16 year marriage and adjusting to life as a single parent. Much of the first part of this year was a constant up and then down – weekly, daily and even hourly. Well during this marathon training cycle, I am happy to report that things have stabilized. There are still some ups and downs, of course, but there are many more ups than downs. I am at a really good place with everything in my life. Sounds cheesy, but I am finally at a place where I am comfortable being me. And I am so thankful for so many people and things that are a part of my life right now. So what the hell does this have to do with running a great marathon? I’m not sure. But I know that in order to run a great marathon you have to have confidence not just in your physical and mental running game, but confidence in yourself. And, for the first time in a long long time, I like who I am and where my life is going, and I have confidence in all that surrounds me and all that I am. 🙂 And I think this is important because in previous marathons, when I wasn’t happy with all my extra life stuff, I put too much emphasis on the outcome of the race and would (as you know) often fall apart during the tough times in the race and then the whole race would go to hell. This time, I feel like I have SO much more in life that i’m grateful for that if I have a mental lapse/tough spot in the marathon, I won’t fall apart. Make sense? Maybe not. But I know what I mean. And trust me when I say I’m ready for a breakthrough marathon! Look out Chicago! 🙂