I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my condensed marathon training plan. Time flies when you’re…having fun? I don’t know, this marathon training hasn’t particularly been “fun” for me. Some people seem to just love to go out and run for hours. If I’m honest with myself, I’m not that person. I get bored too quickly, and I end up throwing myself a pity party along the way.
I’ve also been fighting off a cold and that stole my weekly long run from me this past weekend. I woke up sick as a dog on Sunday, contemplated running, and realized there was no way I’d make it 5 miles, let alone the 12 I had planned. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body, even though resting is the last thing you want to do. I’ll get my long run in when I’m feeling better, which will hopefully be Thursday. The long runs are arguably the most important for the amateur marathoner. Putting your body under hours of running stress teaches you three things: 1) that you can actually run that distance, 2) more efficient energy expenditure, and 3) how to fuel/hydrate properly.