I Can Do This! Right?

It’s Saturday afternoon, I’m fully carbed up and I’m just about ready to head out the door for a 17 mile run! I am happy to report, after a couple weeks of being sick MULTIPLE times, first with the stomach flu, then the flu flu, I am now healthy as a horse (how healthy are they really?) and my training is back on track. I’ve run 16 miles this week thus far, including an 8 miler on Thursday:

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#seenonmyrun

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I’ve been a ‘lil sluggish running in my return to health, but a 9.5 min/mile average for this 8 miler is the best I’ve seen in a couple weeks so I’m happy with that.

I’ve been keeping up with cross-training as well with Cardio Barre:

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I took my first class last week and I’m getting hooked. I giggle a lot and I can’t always keep up with the instructor, but class is just SO fun and an amazing workout. TRY IT!

So now. I’m running a marathon in one month. YIKES. Due to aforementioned illnesses (and a few vacations out of town), I’ve been mixing up my training plan quite a lot. I’m going to do the best that I can to make it to race day, in the best shape possible under the given circumstances. I’m hoping, because I have been in constant training mode since early last year, that I have built enough of a solid foundation to help make up for the gaps in my official 18 week marathon training phase.

I have 2 more long runs scheduled after today, and then I will only have 2 1/2 weeks to taper. This isn’t ideal, of course, but I don’t think I can line up at the starting line without getting these key runs in. But I am listening to my body and I will not step up to the plate injured. Alternative scenario-I switch my race to the half (if possible…I mean they can’t MAKE me run 26.2 miles can they??). But I’m optimistic, and I think I can do this!

KnowYouCan

-J

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17 thoughts on “I Can Do This! Right?

      • Excited for the race but won’t be running due to health. I’ll be one of the loudest ones out there cheering my heart out for everyone! You got this!

      • I just read about your experience at the Zooma half, I’m very sorry to hear about your health issues! That must have been a scary ordeal, but I’m so glad that you are OK. You are definitely making the right choice to pull out of the race. I think it’s great you are still coming out to watch, maybe I will see you!

  1. You totally got this marathon. It really sucks that you’ve had to deal with so many health issues during your training but you’ve been super smart about resting and taking care of your body so I think you will be good to go on race day! And worst case, you can always slow your pace down or do a run/walk. I hope your last two long runs go smoothly – I am sure they will!

    • Thank you! It has been rough keeping up with training, but I’ve felt pretty good during and after my long runs so I don’t think I’m in bad shape. I’m not super worried about finishing in a specific time, I really just want to finish strong and happy πŸ™‚

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