“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” ~ John Bingham
Today marked the start of training for my first full marathon! I kicked it off right with an hour of Bodypump. Tomorrow, I have a speed workout bright and early (so that I can try to beat the heat). My speed workouts always intimidate me. I see the aggressive times I’m supposed to clock, and I hyperventilate inside, thinking, “There’s no way I can do that.” And then, I get out on that track, take off, and push myself to the absolute limit. At the final turn around, I always feel like there’s nothing left in me, but I push harder just to shut myself up. I cross the finish line of the last lap, pause the timer, and wait just a little while before looking at my watch, to catch my breath and gather my wits. And then I see that I did it. I got the time I was supposed to! I don’t know how, but I did it. Then, after practically no time at all (darnit!), I see my rest interval is over, and I do it all over again, which is the craziest part! Once is enough, but three, six, or even ten repeats is just plain crazy! Ha! So tomorrow, I’ll see if I can clock my three 1,600s in under 8:19, after a two-mile warm-up, and finishing with a one-mile cool-down.
Tempo runs are my favorite. They are short, medium-fast runs that I usually add hills to just to make it fun and interesting. I like hill training because it makes the other runs feel easier, and it makes race day easier too! I especially like to throw the hills in during the last couple miles, when my body is starting to get tired, just to make myself push harder and hopefully make myself stronger.
I’m really going to have fun with my cross training days this time, too. I will be rotating between Bodypump and Bodyattack, and getting in some additional strength training out on the gym floor throughout the week as well. The goal of the cross training will be to increase my strength and bone density, and in turn, reduce my chance of injury.
The long runs in this 16-week training program are totally FREAKING. ME. OUT. My “shortest” long run is 13 miles, and it’s this Sunday. In my half training, 12 miles was my longest run…now, it’s my SHORTEST! The funny thing is, when I decided to run a half marathon, the long runs didn’t freak me out. I never once hesitated or thought, “Gee, I wonder if I can run 13.1 miles.” But with a full, I’m wondering if I’ll even make it through the training runs!
My goal finishing time is 4:19. From this day forward, I’m going to be working my a@# off to EARN that time! Ready or not, Nike Women’s Marathon, here I come…