As I was leaving my work today and headed home to change for my workout/run the thought popped into my head that I was actually headed to my second job. I don’t know about you but when you work hard all day the thought of going to your second job (that pays you but only with better performance and healthier life/not financially) I get a little overwhelmed because I’m tired.
I tried my best to change the thought, get excited about the 9 miles I had ahead of me but no matter how hard I tried it was just not happening. I went to the gym and pounded out 3.5 miles on the treadmill and then the sun came out so I decided to jump off the mill and head home to complete the last 5.5 miles. I even stopped 3 miles in and helped an elderly lady with her trash bins since tomorrow is trash day (she informed me). Always glad to help and take a break. She was very cute in asking me how far I was going and how wonderful that is for me. If she only knew I was really just trying to avoid the run by helping her. I probably would have cleaned her house if it would have qualified as my 9 mile run.
I know we all have bad runs and not every run is going to be a moment where I think, “woohoo, I can’t wait to work out this evening, let’s do this.” Today was definitely not that moment!
I remember when my friend Judy was doing this training plan for the first time and her and I were chatting. She mentioned that she was feeling tired and ready for it to be over.
I don’t think I am there, yet. I think I am ready for the race to be here, to put this training plan to the test. After my 20 mile race I feel pretty good and last weekend’s 22 miler was strong. I already feel ready for the marathon but know that these last 7 weeks are crucial to keep this all going and then of course the all-important taper.
Tomorrow I have a 14 miler on the plan and I really need to get out of the mode of thinking of this running as my 2nd job. I need to change the thoughts to a little more positive. Like what a huge accomplishment I have already completed this month with 113 miles completed in only 12 days. May not be an actual 2nd job but is sure does take up a lot of my evenings.
So my thoughts now are how thankful I am that I get to do this. That I do have the time in the evenings to put in the time, the mileage and the effort to all this training. I can hardly wait to get to that moment in the marathon when I cross over that starting line and know I am prepared. I have done everything I need to do to get there and it will be only 26.2 miles to complete this path (well until the training for the NYC marathon starts). No longer my 2nd job but something I “get to do” because not everyone has these opportunities.
How is your training going? Any struggles? Feeling ready?