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Ich Ein Marathoner December 29, 2009

Posted by wanderinggrizzly in 20 Something, Marathon Training.
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It feels good to be back in Raleigh. (Although it would feel a little bit better if on the drive down I hadn’t gained $160.00 in speeding fines ūüė¶ ). My mindset is completely different down here. I am so much more content and find that motivation and focus come much easier.

So finally I went running. ¬†My usual routes at my parents house were covered in snow, so the only exercise I did there was the NordicTrack (shout-out to 1990’s fitness) and walking the dog. ¬†It was only 4 days but it felt like an eternity. Now I have to amend my training plan a little. ¬†I am using “The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer” by Whitsett, Dolgener and Kile. ¬†They say it’s alright to miss a run now and then but this is the week where my long runs go up into the double digits and I’ll log over 20 miles total this week so I feel like this is an important week to do correctly. ¬†Also I started the 16-week plan about 19 weeks before the actual marathon in case of injuries or holidays etc, so I’ve got some wiggle room.

I’ve been listening (and belting along to) Defying Gravity from Wicked for the past two days. ¬†Actually, I think it was the only song I listened to on my 3-mile run today. ¬†I feel like such a teenage girl. ¬†Perhaps I’ll make it my anthem for 2010?

My long run is 10 miles this week for a total weekly mileage of 20.  Last week I was really nervous about 8 miles but it turned out to be fairly easy.  So far the most difficult part about this marathon training is figuring out the training routes.

Also this week I have to make two “mental highlight reels.” ¬†One should be about the best training run I’ve had. ¬†I’d say mine has to be the 7-mile run I did in Umstead State Park. ¬†I did not have the dog with me so that was one less thing I had to be concerned with. ¬†It was cold that day and it was the day of the big storm that snowed in the East Coast (well North of Raleigh anyway), so it smelled like snow and the air had that a velvety feel to it. ¬†The run was almost completely in the woods, it went along side a creek for aways. ¬†There was some tricky terrain I had to¬†maneuver¬†over, but I could tell my body liked running on the dirt much better than the asphalt I usually do. ¬†I had my ipod, mostly listened to Florence and the Machine’s “Lungs.” ¬†I wasn’t listening to it too loudly as I could still hear my breathing and the sound of my feet against the ground. ¬†I remember feeling so much lighter running in the park as opposed to the road or the trail in Apex. ¬†At the end of my run it was just starting to snow (the flakes didn’t last long) and even though I was tired I¬†immediately¬†felt rejuvenated. ¬†There is something about snow that activates child tendencies.

The second mental tape is off what we’d imagine it would be like to finish a marathon… what I will look like, the weather, who will be there, what I would say to them. ¬†I am signed up for the Virginia Creeper Marathon in Abingdon, Virginia on March 28th. ¬†Like most marathons it starts in the morning. ¬†March weather is kind of difficult to predict but I see it as being chilly and cloudy, overcast so I will want to wear brighter clothes, I see myself in running capris and some kind of bright top, I’m thinking like a rose color. ¬†(Looking at the pictures from previous years there doesn’t seem to be a ‘proper’ outfit. ¬†I’m thinking I’ll buy some new gear (some of mine is starting to wear out) at least a month before the marathon so I can ‘test drive’ it.) ¬†My face will be red but my eyes very bright. ¬†My parents will be there but I don’t think I’ll be saying much to them, I imagine I’ll be out of breath and relatively emotional. ¬†But I’ll thank them for coming.

What I like about this book is that it has a lot of mental exercises. ¬† (One of the techniques is to start identifying yourself as a marathoner even if you haven’t completed one yet – hence this post’s title). ¬†It covers the physical basics but the visualizations and other techniques are what really give you the belief that you can actually do this. ¬†The anecdotes of what people imagine while they’re running are really fun. ¬†I know I do my best thinking when running and after I’ve ‘solved’ all my problems my imagination runs wild with fantasies of running a marathon or running in the woods, becoming another person for a while or having crazy adventures.

So what about you other runners out there?  What do you think of when running?  Or do you not think at all?

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