Let the marathon training commence!
It’s time to begin training for another marathon!
I’m back in New Hampshire after a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation with my family and ready to hit the ground running! I am ready to get into a regular marathon training schedule again. My workouts prior to the holiday had been great in bursts but as you know sometimes life gets in the way, children get sick, other priorities come first and training takes a backseat. Also with no races scheduled my main goal for the end of October and November was to maintain my fitness, to keep a solid running base, and to begin adding in more strength with bootcamp. Mission accomplished!
Now that I am home I am ready to get dialed back into a serious training regimen and to be accountable for finishing my workouts! I am training for a marathon now after all! (I still can’t tell you which one . . .) I also have some big goals! My Marathon PR is a 3:33.34 at the Marathon Around the Lake which I am still so very proud of! I followed that marathon time with an almost identical time of 3:34 at the Boston Marathon 2013 which was the following spring. Then with injuries happened (peroneal tendonitis and back issues) and I feel like I have been fighting my way back to finding my speed again ever since. Sometimes when I go for a run it is hard to imagine that I was ever able to run a marathon that fast.
I am ready to try again!
I have finally had a solid summer and fall of running races and triathlons and feel stronger than I have been in a long time. Looking back at my two fastest marathons I know that there were 3 critical things that played a role in finding my speed and becoming a strong consistent runner.
- I followed my training plan to a T. I was consistent and did everything that my coach (Denise Goode from The Sustainable Athlete) planned. I followed pacing as planned for each workout and got in all of the mileage needed.
- I kept a positive attitude about my running and believed in myself.
- I took every workout seriously and always worked my hardest.
This marathon training cycle my A goal is to run a Sub 3:30 marathon. I am shooting for a 3:29. I know that I can do it if I train like I did when I first qualified for Boston. I know that I can do it if I am consistent during my training and consistent on race day. I need to stick to the training plan and make myself accountable.
So let’s get started and let’s do this! It’s going to take a lot of hard work and determination.
When you are going for a big goal how do you stay accountable?
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