These past two weeks have been insanely busy juggling work and life, and while I have missed some of the weekly training runs, I had to accommodate my schedule to fit in the long runs.
I truly dislike knowing the fact that while I tried my best to follow a training program as perfectly and as strictly as I could, it just hasn’t been possible. I leave for work at 6 AM and return home after 8:30 PM and most of my runs have been on the treadmill (with the exception of long runs, which were outside, thank goodness!) I hope that it is enough to carry me through and help me to finish strong.
My last long run was last Saturday, a 20-miler that went well until I “hit the wall” at mile 14. My sister surprisingly showed up at the park carrying bananas, pretzels, water and Gatorade, and I caught my second wind, finishing in just under 4 hours.
Here we are, 18 days before the marathon. I’ve got a 14-16 mile training run this week, then tapering begins. I’m so nervous and keep having dreams about everything that could possibly go wrong – it’s simply a fear of the unknown, although deep down I know I’m trusting my training. I’m debating running without my Garmin, too.
Any marathoners have any advice/tips for a new marathon runner?