Well marathon training is in full swing, and I am feeling it. A lot of people have been saying that despite the love/hate relationship you develop with long distances, as soon as you cross the line after running your first 26.2 mile race, you’re already thinking about the next one.
I’m going to go ahead and call bullshit on this, without having completed my first marathon. I just have a feeling I’m going to buck the trend on this one. I like running. Until this year, 10k’s were my happy distance, but I have really taken to the half marathon distance. In my head, though, I still break it down into 2 10k’s and a bit. And as much as I like the idea of cracking out a couple of marathons a year, the reality is a LOT of training goes into preparing, and I miss my gym classes. I also kind of miss running for no reason, instead of dreading 9 miles because it’s ‘on my schedule’.
The mileage buildup is evident when I look at my dailymile training statistics. Just so you guys don’t think I was Miss Lazy Beans, I only joined dailymile on New Year’s Day (in Australia), so it’s not like 2011 consisted of lounging around on a chaise longue whipping buff men when they draped grapes into my mouth too slowly. I had, however, only run a handful of times thanks to injuries and operations, so no wonder I’ve had so many niggles!
139 miles in a month seems like an awful lot, and that was with a week out because I had pulled a muscle in my neck! Also, what this doesn’t show you is that I also did 7 spin classes, 6 Body Pump classes, 5 yoga-esque classes, 2 abs classes and a Body Combat class. No wonder I’m tired!
But the real kick in the teeth is this number, according to my laminated training plan, is only set to get worse during the month of August, which shall henceforth be referred to as Augross, or possibly Arrrggghhgust, or maybe even just ‘Shit month, 2012’.
Still, let’s not forget why I’m doing this.