Week 1 Complete – Long Run Finished, Ran Just Under 40 Miles For The Week
Ah I’m so glad that I got that run out of the way. I managed to run 39.94 miles this week. When I got back into the house and realised I was 0.06 miles short of 40 I felt like going straight back out.
39.94 is a good tally given that December was a shit month for running. If I can replicate that over the next 3 weeks then I should be in a decent position by the end of January.
To be honest I wasn’t even gonna bother running today as I haven’t been sleeping well all week and I felt like utter shit this morning after a couple of pretty bad dreams.
Went out to just do any distance at all really but held it together for 8.5 miles which is my longest run this week and a reasonable distance for the first week of marathon training.
I’ve found that it really helps just to get out there and just run a mile and see how I feel after it.
If I force myself into thinking that I have to run a considerable distance when I’m not mentally ready for it, then my body will tighten up, my pace will go to shit and the run will feel like hell.
It’s better to just relax and focus on each mile and each run. Every minute you spend on your feet is helping you get to where you want to go, even if it seems like baby steps at the time.
As for pace today, well I just completely ignored it and tried to focus on the stillness within. I find that if I get embroiled all of my inner chatter than I feel serious mental resistance, which carries over into my running form and every mile seems to become that bit harder.
When I first started running I’d berate myself for running too slow and chastize myself for running too fast. Talk about fucked up! Now I just take it easy and enjoy it. If it takes me 6 hours to run the next marathon, then so be it.