When someone tells you that marathon training is intense, listen to them. For the last four months we have lost sleep, toenails, friends, and hours. This is Stephanie’s second marathon and Ashley’s first. Training hasn’t been perfect (please tell me whos has been, I’ll show you a liar) but when we cross that finish line, it’ll be worth the tears.
the training process for me has been much different then any I’ve used for half marathon training, and I invested in a run coach to push me through and answer any and all questions I may have had. Karen Poole (check her out, she’s amazing!) was exactly what I needed. patient and knowledgeable about anything I was having issues with. At one point in my training I was having shin splints on the inside and a vein was protruding, I KT taped and foam rolled my calves and before I knew it, all was well!
the hours spent running (I’m a very much slower runner) made things tense in my marriage, but my husband understands that this is a passion of mine and he respects that. we just learned to compromise, so my rest days I made sure to stay in bed an extra hour cuddling, even though I was awake. Some nights I would be out until midnight running, just to make sure I followed my training plan.
The race is this coming Sunday and honestly I have NEVER been so freaked out about something like this. I haven’t gotten a proper run in in nearly two weeks due to sickness and work schedules, but I know my body made it those far distances and the hours so I need to trust in the work I’ve put in.