Sub-4:00 Marathon: Final Training Update

Final Sub-4:00 Marathon Training Update {the ponytail diaries}

I think I might have jinxed myself with some of my last training updates. Because since Thanksgiving, my training has been poopy (technical term).

Ugh, guys. The marathon is less than two weeks away and I do not feel good about it at all. Between various trips from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and getting sick in the middle of December, I barely completed any long runs or pace workouts and all my motivation went whoosh. (Especially after I started entertaining thoughts of running crazy-fast 5Ks and wishing I was on a track instead of plodding around Mission Bay.)

In short: I’ll still be running 26.2 miles in Carlsbad on January 18th. I have absolutely no idea how it’ll turn out. I think really hope that breaking four hours is still possible. I hope I’ll be happy with whatever result I get. I know I’ll be relieved to close this chapter and turn to the next one (quarters on the track alllll day). But I have a sneaking suspicion that if my finish time starts with 4:xx:xx, I’ll be really upset with myself and maybe even vowing to run another marathon for some sort of “vengeance” or whatever. And as of right now, I do not want to run another marathon (seriously, I barely even want to run this one).

I don’t mean to sound all negative and whiny. I’m proud of myself for sticking to this commitment as best as I could — but my “best” wasn’t very good, at least in December. I couldn’t do anything about getting sick, but traveling for Thanksgiving, my brother’s graduation, and Christmas? I should’ve worked around them. I had the best intentions of doing so — but didn’t follow through. Really, the best move I could’ve made would have been to…not pick a marathon where my training would peak over the holidays. Dur.

And even before reaching the starting line, I’ve learned a lot from this race. Like that vanilla Powerade gel is surprisingly tasty but the blueberry-pomegranate Gu gel is absolutely disgusting. So at least I’ve got that going for me.




4 thoughts on “Sub-4:00 Marathon: Final Training Update

  1. I trained for a Jan 18th marathon last year and, honestly, if it hadn’t had so much momentum from it being my first one, I seriously doubt I would have stuck to my training. I hope the race goes as well as it possibly can and that no matter what happens, you can be happy and proud of your performance!

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