We are seven weeks away from the big race and I am not where I had hoped I would be. It is my own fault. I allowed too many other things to get in the way of training. Too many times, I allowed other life issues to impact the quality and fidelity of my training plan. I know there are other athletes who have had things come up and they chose to get in those workouts, where maybe I did not. So where does that leave me, now?
I am still hopeful that I will be able to snag a personal best. It may not quite be the sizable personal record I was hoping for, but a personal best is still on the table. It is movement in the right direction. I still have seven weeks of training and that leaves me a small window of time to continue to grow as a runner. I have had many, many positive things to take away from this training cycle. I can not overlook all of the positives, in the shadows of negativity. My daily runs are significantly faster paced and easier feeling than previous marathon training. I have remained injury free ( knock on wood) for a longer amount of time than I have before. I am really learning to listen to my body and identify normal pains verse injuries. Pair that with working with a great coach has been a key component. I wanted to really work on marathon focused training, getting in more tempo runs and marathon paced pieces and I feel like I have done that through this training cycle. There were points that these longer sustained efforts really took it out of me, and I believe that was my body adjusting to the different style of training. Which is a good thing.
I can’t wait until California International Marathon. I am looking for the chance to really see where I am at. Get clear idea of my current fitness, while gaining much needed marathon racing experience as I continue to work toward my bigger goals. While I acknowledge some of my shortcoming during this training cycle, we are nowhere near the end. This was the first step in the journey. I look forward to focusing the remainder of this training cycle. Make some adjustments and continue working toward that OT standard. I have a year left and I will make the needed changes.