If you guys have been reading my blog for any amount of time, I think you know what I'm about. Despite my cranky, quirky ways I'm actually a pretty laid back, fun loving girl. While I may talk about woes or concerns, usually most of that talk is spent deflecting things with humor or self deprecation, and I typically have a "things will work themselves out" kind of attitude with a big side of Scarlet O'Hara's "I'll think about that tomorrow" philosophy. I don't do structure or rigidity very well, my little Sagittarius brain just hates it. However my super hot walk at the library the other day coupled with the race on Saturday began to get my worry wheels turning. I really have not been running much lately, I've been averaging about once a month for most of this year. I've been active in other ways, but running has not been top dog for me, and that's a problem.
After Saturday (and a very sore day yesterday), I realized that um yeah, I have a marathon to run in November. It is not a silly untimed 5k that I can not think about until the day before. There are train tickets and a vacation rental involved. There are other people involved who are coming with me. And most importantly, I'm involved, and I would like to escape the experience without being crippled for life. And you know, it might be nice to finish sooner than 7 hours, all while looking thin and fly as hell. Accomplishing all of these things is going to take some doing, and I can't keep ignoring it.
I sometimes shudder when I think about my first marathon. I constantly have people tell me that I'm amazing and inspiring for doing a marathon, but I honestly cringe because if they only knew what little effort I brought to the table in 2013, they wouldn't say it. That I managed to pull it off without injury or ill effect was nothing short of amazing. I put no thought towards nutrition, and went into the race just as overweight as when I started. I ran only once a week, just my long runs. No speed work, no short runs, no cross training, none of that. Looking back on it, it was insane and foolish to even step out onto the course. I mean I did it and yay for that, but damn. Things just have to be different this time, and I'm worried about that, because I really, really have to work at being consistent and dedicated to training. It's not something that comes naturally to me, it's something I have to force, which can sometimes become problematic. I tend to get very resentful when I'm forcing myself to be someone I'm not, and then things become very haywire. It's why I can't hop on the vegan, paleo, crossfit, gluten free, low carb, no sugar etc etc trains because...none of that stuff is me. At the same time though, I am going to have to figure out a system that works for me for marathon training while also balancing that system with methods that are going to get me across the finish line in a somewhat healthy state.
I think I am going to try to do the Galloway Method for training this time around, and am currently in the process of figuring out the best interval options for me and how to program my Garmin. I'm actually pretty excited about that, I'm such a nut that it's never occurred to me to you know, actually use my Garmin for interval running! Anyways, I did go for a short run today using a run 4 minutes/walk 1 minute ratio, but the setting drove me crazy because I couldn't see the actual distance/pace I was going in real time. I feel like I'd be happier doing a run/walk ratio by distance instead of time. Regardless, I felt so much more structured having that planned walk break, and I could definitely see where the Galloway method may be my best shot at a structured training plan that wouldn't be overwhelming. I also stated plugging my Garmin into the computer to download the data, and I'd like to at least pay attention to things normal runners pay attention to, ie splits and whether my pace is improving. My biggest issue will be making sure that I stick to a consistent running schedule, but I am just going to have to push myself.
I think meals will be easier this time around, especially now that I am really back to using MFP on a more regular basis. Trying to lose weight while marathon training is probably going to be tricky, or according to the internets it is, but I think continuing to track and making sure that I'm getting a good balance of nutrition AND treats will make things doable.
I also have a lot more support this go around. Last time I was basically all on my own except for my husband, a couple of coworkers and my family. (Well and of course you readers!) This time I have more readers, plus my ladies challenge group has been a godsend in the last few months when it comes to support and a safe space to vent. I know I can count on them for this too! And obvs my family is still very supportive and has my back no matter what.
Anyway, thanks for reading my wall of psychosis. ;)