This is a photo of me after my 14.2 mile “run” today.
I have no idea what is going on. I have been a pretty avid fan of running for two years now, have completed 11 half-marathons since October 2010 and am training for my first full marathon this October. But lately I seem to have hit a wall.
I Just Am Not Enjoying Running.
That is difficult for me to type and say because running has been the place for me to leave all my worries behind and just be free in the elements. Just me, my music (if I choose to listen) and the sights along the way. Lately I feel dread when I see the quarter mile long hill at the beginning of my runs and tackling the mile long hill as the end of my run just makes me feel defeated.
This is far from doubting my ability. I have trained in the past and had pretty good showings during races. I know I can do this. But somehow, I am feeling runner’s fatigue. I start running and am just not interested in continuing to run so I walk.
I wish I could pinpoint why this is happening so I can get over this hump. I certainly don’t want to be the person crossing the finish line of the marathon in 8 hours. The thought makes me shiver. However, if I continue training the way I have been I’m afraid that I indeed will make the marathon a day long endeavor that I doubt I’d ever complete again.
It has gotten so challenging for me when I’m out there that I have seriously considered deferring on the Marine Corps marathon until next year and running the Disney Marathon in January as my first full.
I suppose much of this may have to do with the fact that I am concerned about my training. I was utilizing a plan given to me by Team in Training but I felt like it wasn’t challenging enough and it was a week behind my actual race date. I’ve recently looked at other training plans and feel that I am behind in my mileage and ability at this point.
I have about 8 weeks left to get myself together for this marathon. I need ADVICE and help to do it! Do you have any suggestions for me? Should I defer? What Should I Do?????