I’m T-minus a little over 8 weeks to go until TCS Waterfront Marathon!
I’m training consistently hard for HOKA with my biggest mileage yet (135 last week!) and things are coming together. My fitness is improving; HR is going down and marathon pace is feeling more comfortably strong. I’m not looking for this marathon to be enjoyable . . . I’m training hard to run hard during the race!
I’ve got a time in my mind and I’m working on taking that risk out there and that means showing up every day to my practice ready to train. I’m not going to lie, there’s some days I’d really like to stay in bed, but like we know consistency is key in long distance running. Some days I have to put my music on loud as I’m getting ready to pump myself up or spray myself with some beautiful smelling perfume (lol, not kidding) to get out the door with some pep.
Even though I may be dragging myself out the door, I know I will 100% feel better after it’s done. This cycle, more than ever, I just go and get it done—no questions asked. And then there are the days, the glorious days that feel like I’m flying, like the HOKA slogan: “Fly, human fly.”
Those days I feel like I was meant to be on the road. Born for it. Those days help build my confidence in my running strength and help me manage those more humdrum human days we all have.
So for the next few weeks I’m going to continue to train hard, show up—be patient with my paces—and focus on staying healthy and relaxed!
Whatever you’re doing, whatever you’re training for, whatever you’re dreaming of, keep going. We’re all in this together.
What do you do to pump yourself up?
How do you train when it’s hard?
What’s one tip you can share for your fall marathon cycle?
HOKA has graciously set aside shoes for two winners who share their best tips. LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SHOES!!!
Caroline Bolduc has been keeping a HOKA training blog for iRun. To revisit her earlier stories, please click here.