I committed to running the marathon a week ago and hoped to get a great start this weekend with an hour long run. Just one hour on either Saturday or Sunday. It didn't happen.
An hour for me at my typical training pace equals about 8 miles. For others it may represent 4 or 6 miles. But it was a simple goal that for various reasons I just wasn't able to make happen.
Should I worry about? Of course not! An important aspect to marathon training and so many other aspects of life is not whether or not you achieved a goal, but the fact that you SET a goal and ATTEMPTED to reach it.
Heck, we can't always achieve our goals. There are long-term goals (e.g. complete a marathon in 7 months) and short-term goals (e.g. run for an hour tomorrow). But let's keep the big picture in mind...these are not exactly goals that will make or break us. Keep that in perspective.
I was flat out tired this weekend. I got to bed at 2 a.m. Saturday morning and the rugrats woke me up at 7 a.m. - 5 hours' sleep ain't exactly conducive to feeling good on your morning run. But I did get out there and slog it out for 45 painful minutes on that day. At the end of the run I actually felt better.
Next weekend I'll get back on track. One 60 minute run coming up. Then the next weekend I'll ratchet it up to 70 minutes.
Another goal is to get to bed by 11 p.m. That means I must end this post as it is now 10:53 p.m. Darn it! I'd rather blog than sleep.
For the 7 days ending Sunday, May 3rd, I ran a total of 38 miles. My goal it to increase that mileage to 60 to 70 by September/October, then ratchet it back down as the marathon approaches in December. That's my master plan.
Questions? Contact me and I'll address them in this blog.