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Not Gonna Lie - This Is A Struggle

I'm not gonna lie - this is a struggle. This marathon training is tough - not just physically but mentally. Anyone else out there training feel this way? Or am I just a weenie? For real, I keep telling myself to just suck it up. It's just 7 more weeks. But my body (and mind) feel tired at this point. But I also know this is the crunch time, where I have to dig deep (while listening to my body). See, that's the hard part. You have to listen to your body, but at the same time push through to reach new levels.

This week I didn't hit all of my scheduled runs (cue sad music). I had to cut my Monday run short. I was just super sore. Thursday's tempo run was also cut short. I was just too tired with dead legs.

Today was my long run and after being awake several times in the night with Lil Man and then Hubby's snoring, at around 3:30am, I turned off the 6am alarm and messaged my running buddy to tell her that I just wasn't going to make it. I felt bad for bailing on her, but it actually worked out since she wasn't feeling well and wasn't going to be able to make it either. So with a little more sleep, I got a very late start (for me), and headed out for my 16 mile run.

As I type this, I'm feeling every single step it feels like. I'm really sore. So I can't say that I'm totally thrilled that I have 7 on the schedule for tomorrow. But I am glad that I got in 16 miles at the target pace (plan called for 11:15-11:45). I did have to stop a few times to stretch. And I got dizzy once. But it's done!







****** Update - the 7 miler after my long run didn't happen. My body just didn't a day of rest. So I listened and look a rest day. Fingers crossed I can hit all of my runs next week.


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Comments

  1. I can't even imagine marathon training to be honest. I keep procrastinating on running a 5K, which I know is going to be hard for me because I am a terrible runner.

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  2. Keep going girl! You look great, thanks for the awesome post :D

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  3. Wow, I can't even imagine running that much. I am lucky to walk 3 miles at a time let alone run. Kudos to you for staying with the training even when you don't feel like it.

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  4. It gets better! Or at least that is what I hear. I tend to get mentally burned out before physically burned out. I'm only training for a half though.

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  5. There are points in training where you feel that you just want to give up. Just keep pushing yourself and you will outperform what you thought you could!

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  6. Oh wow, you have to allow your body to rest and be prepared for the next marathon. How many hours do you spend training in a day and what's the frequency in a week?

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  7. 16 miles?!?! Holy cow! Way to go girlfriend - you are rocking!

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  8. Wow, I could never do it! I am sure everyone has days or even weeks like you, so dont be discouraged. Keep your spirit up, you can do this!

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  9. Even if you didn't get in all your scheduled runs, you still did a fabulous job! You go girl!

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  10. I give you a lot of credit. I imagine that adhering to such a strict fitness regimen can be extremely difficult. Your health will thank you in the long-run.

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  11. I totally get it. We run 6 miles 3 days a week and I hate it. I applaud your efforts because I totally hate to run. Its great exercise but I just hate doing it.

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  12. I admire you for training to run a marathon. It is something I have always wanted to do but just don't have the will power. WTG reading this post has given me courage to rethink my position.

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  13. I have so much respect for people who are able to join and most especially, finish marathons. It takes a lot of hard work, training, discipline, and dedication.

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  14. Wow, that is amazing! My husband runs (has since high school) and he loves it!

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  15. wow way to to go. Keep on training you're an inspiration to all of us people who can't or don't run .

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  16. Love how active you are! I wish I could run but for the time being I can walk sometimes speed walk !!

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  17. You're doing great! I can't even imagine running a mile, never mind training for a marathon!

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  18. I am so jealous. I would do just about anything to be able to run. I used asthma as an excuse in upstate NY, which is a very valid reason but...
    Now that I'm back in my home state of Georgia, the thought of getting out in the heat and humidity scares the bageebahs out of me!

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  19. I have restrictions do to my own health issues that the doctors say I cant run because of the inpact it will do on my spine. I love running but I simply am told no distance running of any kind boo. I would love to do a half marathon and try it. So when your having your struggles think of someone like me who can't run and then say you got this your able to pull though and move one foot in front of the other.

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  20. I think the dedication runners display, yourself included, is amazing. Good luck to you...seven weeks will be here before you know it (knock on wood). :)

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  21. I can imagine how mentally challenging a marathon would be. Your dedication is inspiring, keep going!! Good luck to you!!

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  22. Yes, I completely understand. I did train for a marathon once and by the time I was running 7 miles, I was exhausted. I hope a couple of days of rest will make you feel better!

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  23. 16 miles??!?! Wow, what an inspiration! Sometimes nights are rough, and morning start slow--but it's great that you over came that to get in some training.

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  24. I truly admire people who run in marathons. I am not a runner at all. I always think that I would like to, but then I don't get around to even trying. Great job! You Rock

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  25. Listening to your body is sometimes better training than getting out there to run. As long as you do get back out there! ;) Good Luck this week on hitting your goals!

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  26. Wow what a run! It's better you did it even if it wasn't as planned!

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  27. Congrats Amy! You are awesome! I can't imagine running that long. Even my 3 mile walks sometimes seem to last forever. Congrats Girl!

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  28. Girl, I can't even do one mile without feeling like I was going to pass out, so you will always be awesome in my book! I am so impressed!

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  29. Your rocking this! The number one thing is to listen to your body or it could turn out a lot worse then missing a run. Keep it up:)

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  30. Good for you! I would love to start running. Right now I am walking and will eventually start running.

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  31. Absolutely superb! Though I am in to fitness, yet running is something that scares me no end. However, your post is inspiring. :)

    Can i do a guest post for your amazing blog? If you have any topics in mind do let me know.

    Warm Regards

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  32. I'd love to do a 5k, but I can't imagine the physical and mental toll marathon training must take! Great for sticking to it, and finding a balance between hard work and your body's needs!

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  33. good job! I am not a runner, I'm just very awkward when I try and run. I can walk fast though ;)

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  34. Great for you!
    I run almost daily, but never ran marathons. Those who train and then run marathons are my heroes!

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  35. I want to tell you I understand. I am a three time cancer survivor who has done through marathons through Team in Training. It is what got me through. There had been so many times I have wanted to give up. I did 4.5 miles yesterday with my husband and almost cried going up an incredible steep hill. And I want to train for Anchorage. I tell myself, "Yeah right. What a joke." I'm 38 not 25 anymore. I just tell myself, "Remember that cancer is much harder than running. You got through that. You can get through this," and I keep raising funds and awareness. Might be cheesy, but it is sometimes the only motivation that keeps me going.

    You are inspiring and you are not a weenie. I know once you cross that finish line it will all be worth it. Hang in there. YOU ROCK. - Heather, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife

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  36. Good job finishing your run today, and good luck with the 7 tomorrow. My hubby is training for a marathon right now. It is a lot of work and hours. I commend you.

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