We are in Week 9 of my BMO Vancouver Marathon training.
My weekend runs are long. Up to 13 miles! (Although, last weekend I got back to my car at 12.5 miles and decided to call it good.) I’ve been here before. I’ve trained for multiple half-marathons as stand-alone events and also as a part of a triathlon, so I’ve run 13.1 miles before. In many ways, I’m happy I am a triathlete and not just a runner. I’ve grown to appreciate running more during this journey, but I also really love the diversity of training for triathlon. I know many of the people who are following me on Twitter put down “hopeful” or “newbie” triathlete in their bios! I think it is something I’ll address in a future blog.
So THIS week is going to be different. As I move forward with my training from here… there are long WEEKDAY runs, as well. A 7 mile run is on the schedule for tonight and then next weekend, I will exceed running 13.1 miles for the first time. Next Saturday’s run is 15 miles. This combination of long mid-week runs and long weekend runs is what makes the difference between training for a half-marathon and training for a full-marathon.
Do I think it is impossible to run 15 miles? No, but that’s is because I’ve built up my long runs over time. If you’re back at only running 1, 2 or 3 miles… 15 might seem really impossible… but now that I’m hanging up around this higher mileage, it surprisingly doesn’t freak me out (too much). Slow and steady wins the race here. You can’t ramp up mileage too fast, you risk injury. You have to be patient and following your TRAINING PLAN.
But with that said, this is unchartered territory! I’ve never gone beyond 13.1 miles. That 15 mile run next weekend will be exciting. The bright side is that anytime you have a “first”… you know you’ll have a personal best!
What I know is that the TIME commitment is becoming quite large now because I’m a slower runner and I sometimes I still take walking breaks, but I’m in the groove. And I’m injury free (thank you foam roller!)
This weekend on Sunday, March 3rd will be my first race of the season! The Hot Chocolate 15K here in Seattle. That’s 9.3 miles with a yummy chocolate treat at the end. I’m looking forward it! I think it will be a nice break for both my husband and I to be in an exciting race environment instead of doing our miles on the road alone.
What are you training for? Hope you’re training is going well, too!