I followed Running in Mommyland‘s quest in completing her first marathon this spring. The running geek I am–I love following running blogs. I remember her sharing with me that she was sad to hit the taper. That the whole marathon training was coming to an end.
Well I am the opposite. I am ready for this to end.
Don’t get me wrong. I am enjoying the running and gearing up for the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon that I will run on June 23rd. I did seventeen miles on Sunday afternoon and it went amazingly well. But…
1) Doing Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training Intermediate is a lot more running than the novice track. Doing eight milers midweek is tough to schedule.
2) I got a road bike and helmet as part of my birthday present. I took my first bike ride in over ten years Easter weekend. The last bike I owned was given to me for my fourteen birthday–over twenty years ago. I have not been able to ride my new bike very much because I am running all the time.
3) I am dealing with much less soreness and pain this time around compared to the other two marathons I trained for. I remember waking up in the morning and hobbling to the bathroom before “my legs kicked in.” I am not very sore these days even with all the extra miles. I am, however, more fatigued. I feel tired often. I sleep amazingly well at night–good hard sleep. I feel like I am lagging during the day.
This is the first time I trained for a spring marathon. The last two I ran were in the fall. I have to say I like doing long runs in March, April, and May versus September, October, and November. Come end of June I hope to take a couple weeks off from running and get that bike out on the road.