Thursday, 4 October 2012

Marathon Training Thursday - I am tired...

We are in the home stretch here folk. Literally, just 10 days away from Marathon Glory.

And I must confess, I am tired.


I am tried of training. Tired of running. Tired of the anticipation. I just want to get out there and say I ran the dang thing!

I have also never been so happy to see the word "taper" boldly printed across my calendar in my whole life. To be honest, I have really asked a lot of myself and my body over the last 6 months. So it should really come as no surprise that I am starting to feel worn down at this point.

My expectation was that my body bounce back at quick as possible from major surgery. And then that I would just seamlessly jump back into running, racing, and long distances. Oh and that I would do all that while returning to school full-time, working part-time, and coaching 3x a week.

Was this plan a little bananas?! Perhaps...

But marathon training has also helped give my recovery focus.

Running my Marathon is going to mean that I made it. I will literally run out of the darkness and into the light. 42.2 km will become my new definition. 2012 will no longer be known as the year that "I toasted the ta-tas", it will be the year "I started distance running". It is going to be the year I ran both my first Half and my first Full Marathon. And running will be how I reclaimed my body and my life.

So I am tired. But...No Limits! Let's Do This!


How do you stay focused during the home stretch?

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

20 comments:

  1. So many people would use surgery as an excuse. You? You've totally defied that though. It's almost like it's made you more determined. And I can only imagine how tired you must be right about now. It's a tremendous undertaking - even a half is time-consuming....so a full???

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  2. Doing NYC on 11/4, so I'm still in the thick of my training and yes, I'm getting tired also. So I'm looking forward to seeing TAPER on my schedule soon!

    Congrats to you for making it this far and for not getting any injuries during training. Now rest well (you deserve it!) eat well (your body needs it) and trust your training!

    I've found that watching running movies and/or read running books during taper weeks keeps me focused and inspires me for the race.

    And here's a big CHEER to reclaiming and renaming 2012!

    Wishing you the best!!

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  3. You're amazing and so inspirational! You got this Krysten!

    Excited 4 for you!!!

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  4. You can do it. Just stay strong mentally and know that you will get through it! Good luck...

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  5. The very best of luck to you! Remember, even though you may have a time goal, FINISHING is the best goal of all. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

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  6. Ahh I'm totally with you. I'm running the half (only half as impressive as you!), but I'm exhausted and so.sick.of.training and just want to do the real thing! All the best to you on race day! :)

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    1. Half is still BADASS!! Don't be so silly!

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  7. You are pretty much awesome and reading your schedule makes me tired. I love tapering too! Rest is so essential to a good race. Can't wait to read the recap!

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  8. You are incredible!!!! I'm 10 days away from my marathon as well and I'm TIRED too. I'm really scaling back on my mileage - not even paying attention to any marathon tapering...just listening to my body. And I'm biking and doing yoga to get me through too.

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  9. I am so excited for you to finally get out there and run this darn thing!

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  10. You inspire me so incredibly much! I can not wait to virtually cheer you on and to read the recap, I am so excited for you.

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  11. So great. If you are feeling tired, though, take that as a signal to rest up as much as you possibly can! You can't taper too much at this point, but you could train too much. So chill and picture yourself crossing that finish line!

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    1. DEAL! I need a nap xox

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    2. WOW! 1st half and full in the same year? Awesome! ~laylaruns

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  12. Here's to the Light! Can't wait to hear how it feels to finish 42.2. What an amazing year for you. You've earned it!

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  13. You are incredible! I'm in week 2 of taper and I know that tired feeling - I crashed and got sick in the first week. But taper is really starting to help - so good luck, and much love!

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  14. The light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine in!! Rest up, and ENJOY that taper girl!! this is when illness likes to strike. so get in plenty of fluids/vitamins and stay well rested! You are absolutely going to dominate that marathon and I'm so proud of you! You have made so much progress this year. Seriously, way to absolutely KICK THAT SURGERIES ASS!

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  15. Yes, it does get tiring towards the end. I know I got SO tired of pasta, and SO tired of granola bars...to this day I haven't picked up another granola bar since my last full marathon. Just know that the end is in sight...and before you know it you'll be like "When can I sign up for my next race?"

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  16. I totally get this - about the maraton giving your recovery a focus. It totally makes sense and I kind of wish that I had something like that. You totally deserve this taper and enjoy it. Rest up, OK? You're almost there!

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