Next Sunday I will “train through” Shamrock marathon in prep for Capon Valley 50K. IÂ have been trying to tell myself “this is a training run” but I have given myself a little one-week taper, you know, [whisper]Â just in case I feel likeÂ racing. Now of course rather than it being a training run it has become a race and I am having pre-race jitters…for a training run. Darn.
As ultramarathoner Neal Gorman wrote in a blog post aptly titled Bonk, “The problem with training through a race is that once the race begins, instead of following through with the initial plan of getting in that training run, my thoughts change to actually wanting to give the race a go.”Â http://nealgorman.blogspot.com/2011/02/bonk.html
I don’t like the week before a marathon. I get jumpy. Little niggles that I’ve never felt before start, well, niggling me. Today it’s my hip flexor. Tomorrow it will be my hamstring. My workouts don’t go well. And the more I let these things bother me, and the more I allow doubts about my fitness – mentally and physically – creep in, the more I worry.
So I’ve decided I’m not going to do that this week! If my runs suck, so be it. They’ve been great up until now, which is what’s important. I am going to focus on the positive and imagine myself having a great
race training run. But I’d like it to be a good training run. A negative split training run. A training run where everything goes right and feels good. 🙂
But just so you know, if you see me out and about this week and I stare right through you or seem a little loopy or can’t concentrate on what you’re saying, it just that I’m a little preoccupied with my training run.