I run to train, I train to run… if only it was that simple!
The other day, I was complaining to my husband that my 5:50am track run was “so early” and he replied, “I don’t want to hear it! You’re doing this voluntarily.” True, very true… I signed up with Team in Training knowing exactly what I was getting into- 6 days a week and 175 total days of training, a steady increase in mileage, and of course, those early mornings.
Hubby is right, if I am dedicated to my training, I do not have anything to whine about. The training itself is not new to me, but the dedication I know I must employ in order to tackle my first marathon IS new. I’ve got a great team, I’ve got donors, and I’ve got honorees to run for. Must stay focused. Must maintain my running mojo. Must stay “in training”.
There is a big difference between saying “I’m a runner” and “I’m a runner in training”. If you’re in training, you go to bed at a reasonable hour, eat right, avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and bad fats, stay hydrated, increase your mileage steadily, and do a proper warm-up, cool down, and stretch at every run- all of that really and truly makes a huge difference not just physically, but mentally. If I truly take this endeavor seriously then I gotta treat it as such and force my body as well as my mind into that “training” mode in order to really feel prepared for race day.
Sometimes I run for maintenance, sometimes for speed, sometimes for endurance, sometimes for injury recovery- training is not competitive. I have my good days, I have my bad days and I know I shouldn’t read too much into every run or race- just keep looking forward to The Big One!
So when my alarm clock chimes at 5:30am tomorrow, I won’t complain. I’ll remind myself I am “in training” and head out the door, determined to make my first marathon a success.