Return to the marathon after 4 years
Saturday, February 14, 2015
The last full marathon I completed was in 2010. Since then, I attempted another, but, collapsed from heat exhaustion at mile 10 - it was in the 40'sF with 99% humidity and my body shut down. Not fun.
A friend said she was going to train for another marathon after a few years hiatus, and I said I'd train with her. Because we are on opposite sides of the city, we trained separately. I've been a Coach with USAFit for over 10 years, now, so it was fairly easy for me. I say "fairly," because I coach the HM Walk team, but I'm a runner, and I had to work out how to get in the extra miles before and after picking up my team for their miles.
My friend stopped training pretty early; I could tell because she wasn't answering my questions about how she's doing. That didn't stop me.
I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis (caused by a change of shoe brand) since last Feb, so, this has been a difficult season. About a month ago, I developed a knee injury that has slowed me down considerably. Some of my running buddies, some of whom are also dealing with injuries (we're getting old, I guess), have decided to not do the marathon, even after training with us all season. That didn't stop me, either
I've mostly walked a marathon before, so, I know I can make it through this one. The weather forecast is not favorable - warm and humid 52-75F 85% humidity, right after weeks of 30-40F and low humidity! Slow, steady and staying hydrated will have to be the strategy.
I'm planning to take it easy the first 6 miles, ease into a walk/run as we start hitting the hills, and have the energy to finish strong. It's going to be hard; it's going to take me all day; but, I will finish it.
After all, it's about the challenge and the reward across that finish line.