The title of this post was going to be “Marathon Makes Me Crazy,” but I just couldn’t give up the alliteration.
I try to keep it real on this blog and in real life (I will pretty much tell you my life story and feelings if you ask “so how. are you doing?”) and it has become readily apparent over the last 2 weeks since taking the 26.2/$256 plunge that the thought of running a marathon turns me into a crazy person. Like Rachel Zoe before the Oscars crazy…
Every niggle is the precipice of injury disaster. Conversely, every nailed workout makes you feel like a super-human set to marathon PR star. In the two weeks since I’ve started “express marathon training,” as I shall dub it, I have felt like all of the following: broken (physically, not mentally); super-human; smarter than the rest of the world who takes 18 weeks to train for a marathon; stupid for thinking I could train for a marathon in 7 weeks; convinced I will PR; convinced I will have to drop out at mile 8; sad that I will have to drop out because I really want that poncho; and hungry.
Now, the more negative feelings are exactly what I did not want to happen with any marathon I chose to run after NYC last year.
And, this is what this blog is good for: self-reflection and planning change.
My goal for October is to remain balanced, physically to prevent injury and mentally to keep this whole marathon venture fun.
And, wouldn’t you know it, the handy-dandy Believe I Am training journal has a space for a goal each month.
I just need to take a step back, realize a day off never killed anyone, and that not every “pain” is “takes you out for 3 months injury,” as long as I stay on top of it (and thank you, Dr. Lesko for treating me in Seattle!).
I will not let a marathon turn me in a crazy person. I will not let a marathon turn me in a crazy person. I will not let a marathon turn me in a crazy person. I will not let a marathon turn me in a crazy person. I will not let a marathon turn me in a crazy person.
TELL ME: YOUR RUNNING CRAZY THOUGHTS – TELL ME I AM NOT ALONE!
Until next time…