This time last year, I was getting ready to run my first-ever marathon.
Next week I will run my second.
The second time around has been interesting. One on hand, it’s been easier. I’m a better runner and I knew what to expect out of training.
But, in many ways, it was a bigger struggle than last year. The weather was terrible. My work schedule was different. I got really sick right after Around the Bay and missed an entire week of training. For the past few weeks, I’ve been dealing with a nagging right quad. And I’ve lost a lot of my motivation, for both running and blogging, which you may have noticed thanks to the radio silence here. My long runs the past few weeks were killer. I had to frequently stop and gather myself or buy Gatorade or just sit down for five minutes. I’m getting it done, but I feel exhausted, not excited. And so I didn’t blog. It’s hard to write about things you aren’t excited about — especially when I don’t want to look like I’m complaining.
I’m hoping running the Ottawa Marathon next week will change that.
(PS. I’ve also decided that for the New York Marathon, I want a training plan that has running 3 days per week and high-intensity cross-training two days per week. Does anyone have suggestions? I’m hoping cutting down on the running will help mitigate this “over it” feeling I’ve had this training cycle.)