I think everyone goes through a time with any audacious goal, where they suddenly lose that initial bravado which comes with announcing a stupid big goal, and get down to brass tacks in what they have yet to do. If freaking out is a normal part of preparing for a marathon, well, here I am.
I totally loved Fitbloggin’ friends- many are training for their very first marathon this year and all seem to be tackling it with finesse and a solid training plan. I have done 7 half marathons this year and while I can handle (read: survive) 13.1, I have attempted to train for 26.2. I’ve been using a paper plan I found in Runner’s World magazine, but I’m trembling in my Mizunos as to whether I can tackle this goal.
I’m doing most of my long runs at actual races this year. Every other weekend I seem to have a half marathon to run- I’ll be running three Rock N Roll Half Marathons, a Women’s Running Half in Nashville, and the Chicago Half Marathon as we wind into fall…oh then there is the Disneyland Half as well, huzzah!
I have my triathlon sprint in a month and while I’m somewhat (idiotically) confident I could do it by flailing through- I have yet to hit the water and go for an open water swim, or practice transition. I also need to figure out what one wears for a triathlon without a wetsuit.
Yes, admitting this on my blog is an attempt to nip fear in the butt and ask for help. I’ve Googled and YouTubed my way around the interwebs to try and sort this stuff out, but there seems to not be enough hours in the day. I’m also starting to see how my workaholism coincides greatly with marathon training- I get home after a day of work and skip dinner with my honey to go running.
After about two weeks of heading out for a run at dinner time, I realized that I’d have to choose between sacrificed sleep or sacrificed together-time with my man (and we never get enough time together) so I have chosen the lesser of two “sucks,” and opt for morning runs.
I’ve started waking up at 4:30am so I can get a run or bike in and get acclimated to the process of biking and running… I’m on day 2. Obviously, I need to practice a bit more before August 11th when I tri for the first time! (I guess I no longer “try,” I “tri.” How clever, I know!)
So, Here Are My Worries:
-I’m anxious that I’m not doing enough to prepare.
-Should I hire a marathon coach?
-Who has the best tri gear?
-Seriously… should I be scared of a 1/3 mile swim?
Here’s What I’m Doing:
-Embracing that a year ago a half marathon seemed impossible, this is just another step in my athletic goals.
-Sticking to a training plan, getting up early and eating better
-Accepting that even if I have to crawl to the finish, I’ll finish.
-Running lots of awesome races in order to stay motivated and make long runs less boring.
-Asking all of you for advice, wisdom and confidence!
Today I went on my first bike ride EVER- nearly 4 miles (would have done more but had to get to work!) Getting up at 4:30 and leaving by sunrise is a great way to get acclimated to road biking in a somewhat unsafe city for cyclists (yes Chicago, I’m talking to you!) until can gain confidence on a bike and deal with that annoying wrist pain and hand cramping I get every time I ride (what is with that?!) I’m going to get out to the lake and do some swimming so I can at least KNOW what it feels like. While I think I’m stupid for doing a triathlon sprint without months of prep, I know I’m far more productive when I’m on a tight time frame and I have something to focus on.
Additionally, I’m reaching out to some marathon coaches that were recommended to me by a friend- if you know of any good running coaches that can work with a slow runner like myself, please leave me a comment so I can investigate the right coach!
I know I can do this, but I know I need to up my game and ask for help. I’m lacking confidence in my ability to finish 26.2 and do my first triathlon sprint, but that’s why I’m here- to swallow the fear, be honest and then tackle forward to make sure I don’t shy away from this goal in secret.