Hey everyone, I'm back in Albany for the time being and still feeling so blessed and thankful for all the wonderful things I received over Christmas and the time that I was able to spend with family and friends. AND, I still have more celebrations to come!
It's getting to be that end of the year, reflection & look ahead time so my mind has really been nonstop lately and so many things pulling my thoughts and emotions in a lot of directions. I had some time to think today as I completed one of my first longer runs for marathon training. I did 9 miles today and ran all throughout Albany up and down the neighborhoods around me. My legs felt pretty tired and still are pretty sore from the run.
While I was running and now afterwards, I started to get really freaked out. I felt really tired after a 9 mile run. During the previous two half marathons I've trained for 9 miles is getting into the "home stretch" almost of training. Building up from 9 to 13. However, this time around, in the scheme of things, 9 miles is still a pretty short run. I have a midweek run of more than that and two midweek 9 milers as well! I am feeling really, really scared about marathon training right now.
BUT, also really excited. I alway feel super badass after my long runs, and yes, I may not be able to walk after a 40-mile week, but I cannot wait to get that runner's high. It's also fun to look back at where I've come from too. I thought a bit about my nine-mile runs while training for the two halves, and it's funny how memorable those runs are for me as well. I documented the 9 miles I did in March pretty extensively on the blog, which you can check out here. To be honest, I am a bit disappointed/scared at how tired my body feels after this run -- especially thinking to how I did an easy 9 mile run in August and of how much further I still need to go. For those of you who are interested I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 marathon training program. I'm only at Week 4 so there is still SO much to go!!
Shit is getting real people, shit is getting real.