I’m now in Week 2 of Marathon Training and have managed to pull myself out of the funk I was stuck in at the start of January. I’ve settled into a nice routine with work and workouts, and have even got some of my team involved in lunchtime runs to Primrose Hill in Central London.
As I’ve begun another training season, something has really struck me; it’s all about persistence, and patience. We already know that you need to be persistent on a long run; or when you’re pushing hard and your legs are threatening to give up. You need persistence and tenacity to keep showing up to your workouts, especially if you’ve had a bad one recently. But patience is equally importance, and it’s something I struggle with personally.
In my last training season, I was far too impatient- I wanted to do it all at once, not hang around waiting to hit a certain pace or number of miles per week. I ran too much, too far and too fast, and essentially threw all caution to the wind. Aaand we know how that ended- I got an injury, which I continued to ignore, until one day I woke up unable to manage more than a hobble to my kitchen and back. Following a 9 week break from running, in which I went close to insane, I got back at it; this time with a bit more appreciation for the limitations of my body and the need to do things gradually.
And so now, in Week 2 of this training season, I’m acknowledging my impatience, and trying to rein it in slightly. I’m trying to trust in the process and respect my training plan, as well as remembering that progress doesn’t happen all at once. Whilst I’m chomping at the bit, I’m trying to savour the slow pace runs and shorter distances before the cumulative muscle fatigue starts to kick in and make me cranky and hungry (as I’m almost certain it will).
So here’s to patience and persistence. Running, as with life, is just about putting one foot in front of the other.
How’s your running been going? Are you training for a Spring Marathon?
Lots of love,