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When is that Marathon again?

Posted by katrinwolfe Mar 19, 2011

The Pittsburgh Marathon is less than two months away.  I cannot wait to get this training over with.  I am hitting the wall mentally.  It is getting tough to be motivated to run.  Plus I wish Spring would come and just stay.  The temperatures are way too up and down for me.  I should know better and this is what Spring is normally like in Western PA but I am still frustrated.  I am definitely getting nervous about the race but I am ready to have my normal life back, well my regular workout routines back.  What is a normal life anyway, hehehe?

 

I am so ready to not have to deal with tripping during runs, and the rolled ankles that are inevitable.  I am ready for normal sleep patterns to return.  I have realized that I currently need about 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night to function at a good level.  I am ready not have to worry about do I have all my running gear packed.  I am ready not to have to wear my hydration belt.

 

The whole process is a tough mental game and I am glad I am currently beating the challenge.  However, it gets harder and harder as the training goes on.  Yesterday I was suppose to have a seven mile run.  Through out the week I over did myself physically.  I had to substitute for some group exercise classes.  I taught a cycling class for the first time in six months.  Can you say a major cause of DOMS followed? Also, I did some personal training which I usually don't do.  Training adds some extra stress.  In addition, I am in the process of changing jobs.  I have two weeks left in my current position and then I immediately start my new job.  That is a huge stress but a good one.  So when it came down to running 7 miles yesterday with sore, tired body it does not really work.  I got about 2 miles in and decided to listen to my body.  You need to take a break.  I learned yesterday that even though I was not scheduled for a rest day sometimes you have to give yourself a rest day.  I did a short walk because the weather was beautiful and then went home for a nap.  I also went out to dinner and a night out with friends.  It as much needed.

 

This morning I slept in.  I did not set an alarm and just let my body rest.  I slept till almost 10am, which is unheard of for me.  I then had a nice breakfast and then finally went for a run.  I had 8 miles today.  I did the whole run.  Not a bad run.  I did trip at one point and then rolled my left ankle a little but otherwise a good run.  I did some hills and the sun was out.  The temperature was perfect for a run.

 

Next week I have a training race that is a 30k.  I am so glad it was not this weekend.  I am not excited that I still have to teach all of my group classes but that soon will be ending.  It will be nice for the last month of my training that I can focus on running and not have to teach any group exercise classes.  I think that is not helping me very much.  I am running more than I have done in my life and adding a lot other exercise even if it teaching is not much fun.  I want to conserve as much energy as possible.           

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katrinwolfe

katrinwolfe

Member since: Oct 29, 2010

I am new to the world of running. I am golfer that is looking for another way to compete in amateur events.

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