Yesterday on a whim, I decided to join my friend Nicolasa of Shoe Laces & Bibs for an early morning hill repeat session. This week marks 20 weeks out from the Boston Marathon. For every marathon I have trained for, I’ve used a 16 week plan so I had no real plan for runs this week other than to just get out and run. When I woke up at 5:30 AM to 20 degree weather and darkness, I dragged myself out of bed to get a run in and support a great friend as she began her training for Boston. By the time we finished our warm up, cool down, and six hill repeats, the sun had risen and I had made the decision that today marked day one of my own training.
Having a goal to work toward makes me push myself, guarantees I will put the time in, and keeps me moving forward toward the finish line. That’s why making that decision yesterday morning felt so good. I’m back on track. Mentally, my mindset has changed. For the last month or so I’ve been in between training cycles. I’ve felt a little lost, extra tired, and realized that my body does not like that much rest. Officially beginning training has given me that feeling of excitement again, that feeling of knowing I’ve got goals to achieve, and that feeling of positivity that I needed to get my ass back in gear!
So this time around, I’m switching it up a bit! I’m going for a 20 week plan that will be a variation of what my Team Tufts coach has put together and what my local coach has suggested. Someone once told me that this (training cycle) is mine. It’s all about my goal, my pace, my push, my “why”. Keeping that in mind, I’m going to trust my own instincts. I know what I want. I want to train happy. I want to run long every week. I want to do a recovery run every week. I want to workout at OrangeTheory Fitness and cross train every week. I want to do speed work every week. I want to do yoga every week. I want to let my body rest and recover every week. I want to cross that finish line of the Boston Marathon, a proud member of Team Tufts, with a smile, knowing that one of my dreams just became reality, and I achieved it my way.