“Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get serious.”
Those were the words that kicked off this week’s training plan email from my coach. It’s time to get serious. I have a 15K run scheduled for Sunday, my first LSD (Long Slow Distance) in over a month. Am I REALLY signed up to run a Marathon in May?!? I was talking to my friend Christa this weekend and said “So, are we really doing Ottawa?” and simultaneously experienced a mini panic attack. I’m serious, the room spun for a minute and I felt faint.
My training has changed a lot since I started working with my new Coach Brock Skywalker of Skywalker Fitness. Using Training Peaks, I get a personalized plan emailed to me every single morning so I know exactly what to do. Strength training has become an integral part of my training routine, with 2-3 sessions per week. My eating has become more focused on good fats, proteins, fruits and vegetables, and I have cut out a lot of the gluten-free “frankenfoods” that I was relying on. Both of these things have made a significant difference in the way I look and feel, but it’s also been hard work…and things haven’t even got SERIOUS yet.
I was reading this post, “Training: The Good, The Bad, and The I Want To Give Ups” written by my new running friend Rebecca the other day and it really resonated with me. I liked it because Rebecca was really honest about those moments when all you want to do is QUIT. We all experience those moments, but they aren’t the ones that make it onto Instagram or Twitter or Facebook. For many of us, our online social media profiles portray the adventures of a happy, successful runner, even though we all have our ups and downs. Rebecca’s post reminded me that there are going to be times during this marathon training that I AM going to want to quit, but I am lucky enough to have a tremendous number of awesome running friends who I know will get me through.
To kick off this marathon training journey in style, I headed down to Black Toe Running this weekend to pick up some new shoes. Being a loyal Asics girl, I settled on the BRIGHTEST, MOST COLOURFUL shoes in the store: The Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8. I don’t want to wear them outside until the snow goes away because I am scared of getting them dirty!
Well, tomorrow’s the day that things get serious and my marathon journey officially begins. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, so LET’S DO THIS!