We’re officially 18 weeks away from the Walt Disney World Marathon. Most marathon training plans are 18 weeks long. Basic logic tells me that I should probably start training sometime soon.
A few weeks ago, I started thinking about what my goals were going to be this time around. I ran the Disney Marathon earlier this year and while I had fun, I wasn’t really happy with my time. I was also really, really burnt out on running after the race. I ran ZOOMA Florida the next weekend and had a blast, but after that it was hard to stay motivated. If you look back at my posts, you’ll see I was still racing but my times were steadily falling and my training.. well, it wasn’t happening.
I kept hoping that I’d find some wonderful source of inspiration or motivation to get my toosh back out the door, but I haven’t. I want to run, but that requires me to get out of my nice, cozy bed in the mornings. That’s hard. So then I put it off until the evening and I walk out the door and the humidity and heat smacks me in the face and I just don’t want to go.
This is my long way of saying that it has been a long summer filled with not so many runs. And that needs to change.
I worked out a training plan (basically Hal Higdon’s, but with my fall races thrown in) and I should have been preparing to build my base milage up so that my “long run” of six miles this weekend is do-able. I haven’t done that, I actually had quite a humbling experience at a 5K fun run this weekend where I realized just how badly out of running shape I am.
So, my plan for now is to focus on the miles and just get them done. Once my weekly maintenance runs become easier, I’ll work on pushing the pace and see what happens. For now though, there are no goal times on my training plan. I’m just aiming to get them done.
I won’t lie though, before I ran my first marathon, I had a time goal in mind of 4:30 and that’s something I still want to do. Also, earlier this year I laid out some goals for this year and running a sub-2 half marathon was one of them. It’s still something I really want as well. I’m not sure that either is in the cards for me this winter though. Doubtful, but maybe. Let’s just see if I can finish my “easy” three miler tonight before I go talking crazy about running fast!
So, if y’all could do me a favor and yell at me if you see me slacking and not sticking to my training plan, I’d really appreciate it! Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $25 Tropical Smoothie Cafe gift card!