So I have four weeks left to get myself ready to run a marathon. Scary..this would be the shortest time that I have ever prepared for a marathon so I would really be relying on my training for the past few weeks and running the LA Marathon on March 9th. I wonder if my body still remembers that?
I have so many things going on right now and I have made some decisions that are probably not the best a month out from a marathon. I actually tried out two new pairs of shoes this week. The first pair that I tried was the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14's. I took them out on a super easy short run to see how I felt. They felt really stiff and my feet got really hot running in them so they were a big NO!
I also got brave this week and attempted some speedwork. I really do not enjoy speedwork because it is hard! I know that it is a necessary evil and without it I will not get any faster. I wanted to quit the entire time and I kept thinking that I would do less than planned but I did not allow myself to quit.
After my successful speedwork session, I decided that I needed to go for a good tempo run and really try to push the pace. I tried out the Brooks Ravenna 5's on this run and I really liked them. I felt like I was not wearing shoes and they were super comfortable. This was one of my best runs in a long time. It felt good to push myself because most of the time I do not push myself like this.
My legs felt pretty good after my tempo run which was a blessing since I was worried about being sore for my long run. My long run was 15 miles this week and I ran the first 7.5 miles at an easy pace (9:11 average) and then went for a faster finish (8:41, 8:14, 8:06, 8:10, 8:09, 8:10, 8:02, 7:57.) I have two long runs left (18 and 20 miles) and then it will be race week.
I am honestly still undecided as to whether or not I will run this marathon. My confidence level is just not where it needs to be. I have come to terms with the fact that this marathon will not result in a BQ and it could end up being my worst marathon yet. The funny thing is that the minute that I think I am ready to back out, something reels me back in like this article. The marathon that I signed up to run is #3.
What is your shortest training period for a marathon?
Last year, I trained about 11 weeks when I ran this same marathon that I have coming up!