I’ll be the first to admit that marathon training isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. There are plenty of days where I look at my training plan and wonder how the heck I’m going to fit everything in.
Most of the time I try to make a solid effort, but there are times some of my runs just don’t happen.
This has been especially true the last few weeks. As we get closer and closer to race day, my midweek runs are getting longer and longer, and I am really, really struggling to make some of them happen.
Take this week for example. I’m supposed to have midweek runs of 9 and 10 miles. Those runs will take all take 90+ minutes and it can be tough to carve out that kind of time in an already full schedule.
Usually I like to run before work, but I don’t have routes that long that I feel safe running in the dark so that means my runs are pushed back to the evening, where they compete for time with other commitments on my calendar.
I fit the nine miler in on Monday after work, but the 10 miler isn’t going to happen today. I’ll do something shorter, which is better than nothing, but there’s just no way to fit in 10 miles when I also have a full day of work and my friend’s birthday dinner tonight.
And yes, I’m definitely picking eating good food with friends over doing a 10 mile run.
I’m also struggling with my easy runs. As the rest of my runs get longer, I’m finding I need more rest days and that I’m subbing rest days instead of doing my short easy runs.
Back when I built my training plan, I knew this was a possibility and I did say easy days could be swapped for rest days or cross training, so this doesn’t bother me a ton, it just means that’s my total weekly mileage is lower than I thought it would be.
Come race day, I know a few skipped runs won’t be a problem, especially since I’ve been majorly prioritizing all my long runs, and they’ve been going well.
But as a whole, marathon training isn’t always easy, and I didn’t want to paint the picture that it was.
What do you struggle with when you train for races?