It has been a little bit since I have written and that is because I have been trying to process how I have been feeling over the last week and a bit. I am starting week two of my taper and last week both mentally and physically I felt like I changed. If you have been following my blog or my Instagram feed you know that I have I have been loving training for the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on May 24th and I can’t wait for the big day to come. Well, that is still very true but last week that excitement turned into fatigue both mentally and physically. And because of those two things I also found my dear friend “Worry”.
I didn’t understand what was happening to me. I went from being on a high and struggling to stay asleep the night before a big run to the uncertainty of my body making it for an 8k run or even a 22k run this past Saturday. I woke up each day feeling tired even though I had gone to bed at my regular time. When I went for a walk at lunch I felt like I struggled to keep up. That wasn’t like me and it worried me. I then started to doubt myself and my ability to run the marathon. So many questions were going through my head. “Would I be able to run my desired race pace and meet my goal?” “What was happening to me?” “Why didn’t I feel like I wanted to go running?” “Why was I so sluggish?” I had been doing so well and feeling so great and then three weeks before the race I was faltering?! I didn’t know what to do with how I was feeling and with Warren being away it was hard to talk it out on my own.
I then shared my concern with friends who have run marathons in the past and they put my mind at ease. They told me that these are natural things to be feeling during the taper weeks. They helped me to remember that I have put in the time, the distance and the training and that I was ready for this race. They told me to rest my body and my mind and not let my dear friend Worry use up my energy. I appreciated what they had to say and so happy that I have such a great network of friends in my running community. They have shared their tips and wise words. Thank you my friends.
I am not out of the woods yet but I feel more reassured about what I am feeling is normal. I am still tired feeling but going to bed when my body feels it wants to go. And yes, that can be between 7:30-8:00pm. This morning on my run with Sue she shared with me some tips for eating next week and I will work on following those. I want to be the best that I can be and will follow my own advice on race day and “Run my run!”
The reason I am writing this post is because I wanted to share the ups and the downs of my training. I wanted to share with those who are new to marathon training like me or to someone who is considering training for one. Perhaps they don’t have the the support of friends and family like I do.
So, do you have any tips for me? Have you experienced anything that you want to share with me that I can look forward to or perhaps not look forward to? 🙂