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MARATHON Training WK4 - Snow is a BUZZkill!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This marathon training is NOT going so well. I do NOT feel strong right now and I am hoping, sincerely that this will change as I have only finished week 4 and have many more weeks to go. I hope that is a good thing really because right now I am not feeling like the athlete I thought I could be when I decided to take this on...

The weather is getting me down big time. ALL I do is dodge snow. I am like the weather forecaster in my house looking at 18 hours of projected weather for my area trying to find out how I can somehow fit in my outside runs. I do have a treadmill. BUT I know that the treadmill is not the same as outside training so when possible I am trying to do just that. But when there is snow and the temps are so low that it hurts your face to go outside, than there is nothing you can do. It's rather depressing actually. Then my shin splint is still irritating me, not like a major hurt but it does not make me feel so great. And from what I understand, I could be looking at months of recovery for this stupid thing.

Anyhow, I am plugging along. My long run last week in which I insisted on going outside for sucked big time so I am adamant about getting my 12 miler in pronto this week #1. to get over my disappointment and #2. because who the h3ll knows what the weather will hold for the weekend so at this point I better get it in before I the snow beats me...

I HATE the snow!

Right now the snow and I are battling and I *seem* at least at this point to be winning. But I am not too sure how much longer I can keep up this fight and this crazy maneuvering that I am doing to keep up with my schedule. Especially as the long runs come up. Last year there was barely any snow, now THAT would have been the year to train but this year has been yucky.

I am not even sure anymore why I thought this would be a good idea. But the one thing that is a blessing and a curse with me is that if I commit to doing something, I will do it no matter what so since I have signed up for this marathon, I will do it no matter what...

Anyhow...stats for last week...hopefully this feeling shall pass

Monday - rest day
Tuesday - 6M pace run, treadmill, 55:24
Wednesday - 3M run outside, 11 degrees, 27:33, freezing and I don't even want to discuss the wind!
Thursday - 6M run, too d@mn cold, treadmill, 51:27
Friday - 3M run, treadmill 25:23
Saturday - dismal snowy run on the bike path, wrote a whole blog about how much this sucked and how bad I felt, 11miles, 1:43:24
Sunday - gym day, bicep workout and 30 minute stationary bike
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CAROLCRC 1/31/2013 8:11AM

    If you have to do some long treadmill runs - they really do count as much as doing it outside... The difference is not big enough to worry about in my experience.

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HEALTHYCHIC 1/30/2013 8:33PM

    You are doing great to be persisting with training in this weather! I think it was 9 degrees the other day..and 55 tonight!!! It will get easier as the weather improves.

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TRICIAE2 1/30/2013 2:36PM

    I hate the snow too! And woke up to 3 inches of it this morning! UGG

Oh well, it too shall pass! Keep up the training! emoticon

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TIGGER622 1/30/2013 12:38PM

    Do what you told me to do!!!! You are in week four. Hunker down and check off your goals (training days), put your work in and it WILL pay off! One day at a time - you will get stronger and stronger and you will do AWESOME! Stick with it!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/29/2013 8:38PM

    I agree with FitFoodie - the marathon is a breeze compared with the training. Just hang in there. The weather is HUGE - soon enough (hopefully!) the weather will be nicer and I promise you - there is NO FEELING IN THE WORLD like crossing the finish line at a marathon!

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FITFOODIE806 1/29/2013 8:26PM

    Everyone talks about how far 26.2 miles is and how hard a marathon is. It's not th actual race day; it's the training! Such a major undertaking. I was the same way: constantly looking at weather and everything revolved around the long runs.
The good news is that you're only 4 weeks in. You still have a long time to get that strong, endurance athlete feeling back. I know you have it. I know you ARE it! All it will take is te power of one strong 16+ miler and you will feel unbeatable. I promise. This will all be worth it.
Now, snow snow go away!!

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