June Marathon Training Goals
Ah, June. June means the end of the school year for the kiddos, the official beginning of summer and for me, the start of marathon training.
When I bit the bullet, hit register and signed up for the Wineglass Marathon several months ago it still seemed like something that was more of an idea than a reality. Now, as we enter the first week of June I’m only 18 weeks away from the October 4th FALL marathon.
We really haven’t even started summer yet and the idea of Fall may seem far away BUT those of us who are familiar with training know that 18 weeks comes in a blink of an eye. 18 weeks. That is all I have to prepare myself for one of the biggest personal events of my life…other than my wedding and birth of my children, of course.
So, what to expect? I don’t know. Right now I am currently in the middle of the ShiftFit Strong Program which still has 23 days to go. I am feeling stronger and hope that it helps with my training.
For now, I have to mesh the two schedules so my training will currently look like this week and probably the next few give or take some miles/workouts:
Looking ahead, I have also signed up for a few races as training runs including the 18.12 Challenge in Sackets Harbor, NY and Ragnar Relay Adirondacks which happens to be the weekend right BEFORE the marathon. That’s less of a training run and more for fun but I’m using those miles to taper
Anyway, back to the original point of the post; my goals for June.
1. Finish ShiftFit Strong, strong. I really am feeling much stronger especially in my lower body due to some serious deadlifting and squats but I am hoping adding in LOTS of extra miles doesn’t cause me to burn out and put a damper on all that I’ve worked for the last 2 1/2 months.
2,Feel confident enough to post my ShiftFit before/after photos. I am not one to share too many pictures of myself especially ones in a bikini but if I am feeling confident enough, I might be willing to share my before and after photos. Mostly because I put in a lot of hard work and I wanna show it off, darn it!
3.Keep up with all the marathon miles. For whatever reason when I was half marathon training this past winter, 15 miles on the treadmill seemed “like a breeze” and I remember thinking that if I could do that then I can most certainly run a marathon. Now, I just ran 5 miles outside and it felt like I was riding a bike for the first time. I HOPE and PRAY that by the end of the month 5 miles feels like “nothing” and long runs are “enjoyable”.
4.Actually get back in the habit of early AM runs OUTSIDE. At the end of last Fall I mourned the slow death of my sunrise runs. It became too dark, snow fell too early and soon it was too dangerous to run on the desolate country roads. It was then that I turned to the treadmill and found a refuge I didn’t know I had, a safe little bubble free of stray dogs and inattentive motorists. After being “protected” all winter (and most of the frigid spring) by my all too convenient treadmill, I have sadly found it hard to step out the door. I am sure once I get to experience the sunrise and get in the swing of things my fear will dissipate but I won’t lie, I might be a bit nervous!
My overall goal for the month is to not let fear guide me on paths unknown and as Jess from Hello to Fit so perfectly pointed out in her post yesterday, to learn by going. While I’m not sure what exactly I have yet to learn as I embark on this “journey”, I do know that I will be going…one foot in front of the other.
What are your goals for June?