It might already be June when you read this, but this past weekend I was thinking about how June is finally arriving. I’m nearing the end of my running purgatory – that’s what I’ve nicknamed it thanks to the help of Hanna. I’ve kept up my mileage to keep my base strong for marathon training, but I’m not currently working towards anything specific. Once the calendar crosses over into June I can finally see the day where “Marathon training starts!” is written.
I really enjoyed marathon training last summer and have been looking forward to beginning it again. Maybe that’s why I’ve been eager for the warm weather to arrive. It finally rolled in last week, bringing warm and humid mornings. Saturday’s run was on a loop course through a local metro park which allowed me to refill my water bottles when I ran out. I was soaked and sticky, but I loved it.
I genuinely love running and look forward to it. Despite the morning’s I don’t feel like getting up or the days where it feels rough, it’s my “me” time that I really enjoy. I don’t feel like training is strenuous or a weight on my shoulders. So, for the past week or so I’ve been thinking a lot about the journey to marathon number 2. I feel more nervous about this one than the first one. The first one I just had to finish. I don’t feel like I have to do anything monumental in the second one, but the marathon is a beast and anything can happen which is terrifying in itself. I want to enjoy my second marathon while pushing my limits a little more so first I am going to focus on enjoying my training.
The training I will be doing for this marathon has its differences from what I did for my first, but also has some similarities. I’m interested to see how I grow and change as a runner during this second cycle. I’m going into training this year with a much higher level of fitness than last summer. That in itself is a positive start. I had a fairly good training cycle last summer so I am hoping for the same this time around. I’ll be running 6 days a week with one complete rest day which I’m sure I will embrace. I’ve dabbled a bit with running days a week for the past few weeks to get into the routine.
My first 6 weeks of training will be fairly simple. It will be all easy runs to build up my base mileage a little higher. Then I will begin speed work and eventually incorporate some GMP runs in. Right now I don’t know what my GMP will be. It’s something my coach and I haven’t discussed yet and since I have weeks before speed work starts it feels like I’d be putting the cart before the horse to decide now. I just want to focus on getting my miles in, staying healthy, and building up my strength.
For now, a few more weeks of running purgatory..