In the past, I have documented nearly every workout in my training schedule when training for a marathon. I was very focused on each workout I needed to complete, and made sure my schedule worked perfectly to handle each one. This time around, after having Grant, I’ve been approaching this whole marathon training thing much differently.
I’m not concerned about my time
I am walking to the start line without a goal in mind. This is the first time I have ever done this, without a doubt. I thrive off of hitting paces and reaching goals. For this marathon, crossing the finish line 9 months after giving birth is my goal, and a pretty good one in my opinion. A couple of months ago, I did put some speed workouts on my training plan. After a few weeks, I realized I wasn’t having any fun and felt too pressure to hit paces I just wasn’t ready to hit. After backing off of speed, I enjoyed my runs again. I even became faster after throwing my pace goals out the window. Funny how that happens!
I’ve skipped some long runs
For the first time ever (I feel like I’ll be saying that a lot in this post), I’ve intentionally skipped some long runs. If Grant woke up in the middle of the night a few too many times, I would end up turning off my alarm. I wouldn’t have ever done this in the past, but I know the sleep is far more important these days than a run.
My mileage is a lot lower
I usually tend to peak around 55-60 miles for marathon training. High mileage is where I felt strong and ready to tackle a serious race. Right now, I am very comfortably running 35 miles or so a week, which includes my long run. I don’t expect to get over 42-45 miles at all before the race. I don’t run anything longer than 5-6 miles during the week, as I know time with Grant will be cut short if I do. I am waking up at 5am to get in those 5 miles, and I am just not willing to wake up any earlier for a few extra miles. See again: sleep reigns supreme!
I’m really enjoying myself
After being off of the running circuit for about a year, getting back to running is a real treat. I am not even close to feeling burnt out, which has definitely happened in the past. Taking a very loose approach to this training has really helped with that. I am getting in what I need to do to comfortably finish the race, but I am not going crazy with mileage. Of course, I am sure I will see the difference in my finishing time, but that doesn’t bother me. I get to run this marathon just 9 months after having a baby– that is something I am very happy and proud of.