Tuesday, March 20, 2012

60 days till RiteAid Cleveland Marathon - The Dog Days of Training

60 Days!!!! Yep, only 60 more days till the RiteAid Cleveland Marathon.  For those of us who are doing an 18 week program.  We are beginning the second half of our training.  Last year I named this portion the dog days.

I named the late March to late April portion of my training the dog days.  As this is the period when your miles begin to pile on.  50 mile weeks and 20 mile runs begin to consume your every thought.   Fatigue and frustration can set in and if you are not careful, so can negativity.  Last year I made the mistake of letting how my long run went affect my mood for the next week.  I wasn't prepared for the increase in adversity that came with the increase in mileage.  For those of you who are training for your first marathon.  I wanted to share with you what I learned last year.  Not only are these weeks important to building your running endurance.  They are also important to building your mental stamina as well.  The adversity you will be facing on your high mileage weeks and long runs is the same adversity you will face on race day.  It is important to remain positive.  Trusting in your training and in yourself will help you not only with your journey to race, but also the marathon.  The road ahead is a rocky one and the light at the end of the tunnel is not quite in sight yet.  When I get down or think I am not going to make it, I think positive and picture how great that finish line is going to look in 60 days.

Upset about running in the rain??  Think positive!!  Its nature's way of trying to hydrated you!


Holly said...

I thought this post was going to be about the dog weather. LOL. It's been lovely the last two days. over the weekend I was having it out with the humidity.

Good luck with your continued training!

Matty O said...

It's funny too how one week you can totally suck at the long run and then the next week miraculously kick it's butt :)

Gotta love the randomness in our bodies some times. Keep crushing the workouts buddy, only happy thoughts this year!

Anonymous said...

Awww I love that pic of you and the puppy. SHould show that to the ladies and you won't be single Beal for long!