“This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything.”
Things I'm doing differently this time :
Less run days, less strength and core workouts, less cross-training. I have a feeling I was overdoing it when I first started marathon training. Which, as most of you know, led to half-marathons due to injury for the first two attempts.
I also changed my training program to one that is slightly less intensive, but modified it to include a few longer runs.
I've also started using a 5/1 ratio, instead of a 10/1 ratio. This has not affected my pace and has really helped.
Also, last but not least is the fact that I've now been running for over two years and, following injury, I worked with a PT, which has led to a better running form and comfort with the 180 steps/min cadence.
Feeling good on today's shorter long run.
My Super SIL and I taking a gel during a walk break. We didn't plan to dress alike, great minds you know :)
I love it when my brother and SSIL come along...Uber H was along too, he was taking the picture.
It's hard to believe that next weekend is my last very long run. After that, there are two more weeks of moderate training and one week of taper before the big day. I'm already starting to wonder if I've done enough. Many people I know who are training for the same race as I am, also for their first time, have used a much more intensive training program and done many more very long runs. It worries me a little bit, but at the same time, I remind myself that this is what has worked for me and allowed me to get to this point. I don't want to be under-prepared...I'd just like to finish with a smile and well, not too much over 5 hours (if I'm completely honest). I've read these same worries on other blogs from soon-to-be first time marathoners...I gather this is normal. Having said all that, I feel great and strong and confident...hopefully, after next week's long run I'll feel the same :)
Have a wonderful week everybody!