Marathon Training: Week 9
I'm about to drop a serious truth bomb. I'm frustrated. My training has been a struggle. I'm tired. I'm stressed. It's hot outside. My body is moving slower than usual. And not to mention, I'm getting married in less than four weeks. I have a lot on my plate. While these all might sound like excuses (and sometimes they are), they're things that are ringing true for me right now.
I've decided that for the weeks leading up to the wedding, I'm going to do something that I don't do often (even though I probably should). I'm going to cut myself some slack. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do a lot at all times and add to that the stress of planning a wedding. It's not fun. So for the next few weeks, if I don't meet my planned mileage, that's okay. If I run slower than I'd like to, that's okay. If I don't run or workout at all, that's okay. It's all going to be okay.
Taking a step back from the pressure to maintain a steady training schedule will allow me to focus on something really important. I'm getting married to my best friend. So while it may seem like I'm taking the easy way out or not challenging myself over the next few weeks, I'm okay with that because my mind is focused on exactly what it needs to be focused on.
Here's how Week 8 training went:
Planned weekly mileage: 21.1 miles | Total weekly mileage: 17.5 miles
Monday 8/14: Rest
Tuesday 8/15: 40 minutes of strength training; I'm a huge fan of Tone It Up and I love their workouts! They have every day of the week planned out and it takes the guesswork out of strength training.
Wednesday 8/16: NoDa Run Club and Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Metal Revel Party - 3 miles (Total Time: 26:41 | Pace: 8:59)
Thursday 8/17: Rest; approx. 3 miles bike ride to and from a Charlotte Knights baseball game
Friday 8/18: 4.5 miles (Total Time: 40:01 | Pace: 8:52/mile)
Saturday 8/19: 30 minute core class at Fit Atelier; Side note: I had a blast on Saturday moring promoting the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon at the OrthoCarolina 10K Classic.
Sunday 8/20: 10 miles (Total Time: 1:57:48 | Pace: 11:46/mile) and 2.5 mile walk
What I learned from Week 8: You're not alone. I had a lot of conversations with friends this week about frustrations with their training. People frustrated with their times, with the heat, with their bodies. It was comforting to know I wasn't the only one feeling this way. Everyone struggles and has bad days (or even weeks), but we get through them. Just keep pushing ahead and know that you're not going through the journey alone. Turn to friends and family for support when you're having rough days training. Or turn to me! I'll always cheer you on.
Here's what I have planned for Week 9:
Will anyone else be running the Yiasou Greek Festival 5k on Saturday? Let me know!