So, yeah, my blog has suffered this year. Law school is a bitch. Profanity is definitely warranted.
But I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts about how this marathon training cycle has been different than the first time around.
If you’re new here, hello, my name is Elizabeth (@the_running_diaries on Instagram). I ran my first marathon last summer in San Francisco. I am currently wrapping up my second training cycle to run Utah Valley in 10 days.
Left: Celebrating my finish || Right: Stoked after an 8 mile tempo run
Stuff That’s the Same
-My hair is subjected to a lot of dry shampoo
-I have to eat every two hours
-I am more excited than nervous
-When I do doubt myself or get nervous, I envision crossing the finish line.
-Almost all my gear is the same: same Bluetooth headphones (which are now 3 years old!), same Garmin, same kind of shoe (Brooks Ghost 10s), same Lululemon shorts (because hello, broke law school student), and obviously same hair style of choice.
-I sleep a lot. Naps are glorious.
Stuff That’s Different
-Last time, half of the training fell during the summer when I wasn’t in school. This time, almost all of it was during the most stressful time of my first year of law school.
-Due to the aforementioned law school, I was dealing with mental stress in addition to the physical stress I put on my body during training so I had a lot more tough runs.
-I think I eat more. I assume this is because I put on some muscle between the two training cycles
-I eat healthier (generally). I snack on carrots and hummus, frozen grapes, peanuts, and have salads for lunch. Gotta get those nutrients in so I can really enjoy my pretzels/Cheez-Its/ice cream.
-I’m aware of how much it’s going to hurt. Mostly, I’ve forgotten but there are a few moments when I find myself remembering how done I was at mile 22.
-But at the end of my 20 mile run this time, I felt like I could keep running.
-In general, I feel stronger.
-I PRed the half marathon since San Francisco (by a stinkin’ lot, too. Not-even-a-little-humble brag) and that gives me some confidence
-I was brave enough to say out loud to Matt that some day I want to run a sub-4 hour marathon. I don’t think it will happen this time but I do think I can PR.
-I don’t have to worry about getting on a plane. This marathon is in driving distance and I’ve never been to Utah (whereas I had been to San Francisco several times. It’s still different running a marathon through a city.)
-I am even worse about stretching/foam rolling than I was the first time around.
-Random, but my allergies are SO MUCH WORSE this year, which just seems unfair.
-I swung between extremes. A month ago, I said to Matt, “I can’t wait until I’m not training for a marathon.” In fairness, it was finals and I was exhausted and stressed and we had to move and I had to study. And then a few days ago, I said, “I’m sad training is winding down.” When he asked me why, I said it was because of how strong I feel. Compared to how I felt last time, I think I’m in a better headspace because then I was tired of running according to a plan but I don’t feel that way this time.
I’m sure there’s more but I’ve rambled enough for one post. Hoping to post more than training recaps here soon. I’ve got some ideas cooking but if you have any, let me know.
Until next time, beautiful humans,