Here have been my Roadblocks this time around:
1. My husband has been gone for work in the last 2 1/2 months - more than he has been home. Now this busy season isn't new to our family, but I have never trained for a marathon through it. Very tough emotionally and logistically getting runs in when my built in running "sitter" is gone - has been interesting (seriously - think - no early morning runs before the kids are up). It had made me realize how much I rely on him for many things during training.
2. Let's just say that Northwest weather is not motivating this time of year!! Maybe that is true to be said most places - but again - I have never trained during the "weather blues" season.
3. My BFF Julie isn't training with me this time around. Not that we did every run together last time around - but most of our long runs. I know she is supporting me just as much as when we train together, but I do miss the phone calls of the excitement of the same goal or the pure pain we shared of our last long run together. There is really no one in my immediate circle - my running buddies, that is training for the same run right now and it just feels different.
4. My training plan.....for Portland I LOVED my plan (well - maybe my body didn't - nothing a good ice bath didn't fix) - but I was confident in it. I followed an advanced training plan that Sarah Shea of Run Like a Mother had shared with Julie & I, that she was also following for Portland . Just have to say that it was certainly motivating to have Sarah as a running buddy through e-mails - checking on how the training was going on our shared plan and goal of running strong in Portland - which she did!! The plan was kick your rear end hard, but certainly equipped me with confidence to show up the Portland Marathon start line feeling ready. This time around with Andrew's travel & that it is the school year this time around and I help out with both of my kids classrooms - I just couldn't manage that plan. I have used a make your own version of 2 different plans this time around and not feeling as strongly about it.
5. Physically I have been feeling cruddy - I got really sick a month ago & have had tightness in the chest ever since & coughing up some YUCKY (as my kids would say) stuff. Not really conducive with marathon training! I kept thinking it was one of those colds that just falls in love with you & won't leave. I finally went to the doctor this week - as my last long run in the 20 degree weather - felt like I had a running buddy along with me - sitting on my chest. Verdict - I have an infection in my chest. I am hoping the antibiotics and steroid inhaler are planning on redistributing some of my mojo where the mucus has taken over and owes me a month worth of my training. Ok - that may be dramatic - but I seriously haven't had a good run in a while - one of those that you finish & say "I've got this"!!! and that leads to the next roadblock......
6. Mentally - all of the above have contributed to a "messy training head"!!! I think that is the best way to put it.
So - it has been tough this time around - not what I envisioned as my story for my Boston training. But I will be facing that Boston Marathon start line in 7 weeks nonetheless. So I can either choose to let myself focus on the hardships of the last few months and how it will effect my race and let my "messy training head" take over. OR - I can embrace the next 7 weeks - knowing that usually we learn more when things are HARD and that not all journeys or training aspirations turn out how we plan them. That this is still MY running story - inspiring at the moment or not and I am going to own it forever.
Well - I am hoping the 2nd option - but I will keep you posted...........
And I actually will this time!