I’m just over a month away from my marathon, and things have been going pretty smooth. Finishing a marathon is one of my goals for 2012, so naturally I crafted a plan at the beginning of the year and it has all been execution since then. There were a few missed runs when I went to new mexico, but things quickly got back on track and I kept going as the weekend miles (that’s the time when you do a really long run) crept higher.
Things honestly have been pretty easy so far. As long as I make time to do the runs, I can go out there and just run, and it takes nothing but time. Also, i’m getting a bit faster, so it doesnt take as much time as it used to. I have been keeping to my 3 runs during the week and the long run on the weekend, but have slipped a bit with my gym routine. This is starting to bug me, but I’ve had a lot going on lately so something was going to have to give, but i’m hoping to get back into the gym habit soon.
One thing that I would like to point out is that running a marathon is time consuming to train for, but I honestly feel like anyone can do it if they actually train for it. To date, the longest race I’ve run is a 5k, and I’ve only done 3 of those in my life, and my first one was feb 2011. I hated running before that because I thought it was boring and pointless, plus I was slow so that made it less fun. Of course, I was slow because I never ran. One takeaway that I do have from this is that when you set a goal, map out a plan to achieve it – I did this with my marathon goal, but not any of my debt goals – and as you know, I have not made nearly as much progress on those as I would have liked. Having a schedule where I can look at something and say “Oh it’s tuesday, I need to run 4 miles today” really makes it easier – There’s no debating how long I should run for or where to go, just that I need to get out and go.
Unfortunately, all of this recently has been roses, but I feel like it’s going to get far more difficult. We closed on our house on friday, and have a long list of things that we’d like to change, as well as moving all of our stuff. This essentially took all of the time both H and I had this weekend. We were moving, demo-ing and unpacking, and still are quite a ways away from where we’d like to be. I missed a run this weekend while entertaining my folks (and H’s) who had come up to help us with the move and poke around our new house, and spent most of the day going to the hardware store (7 times) and gutting the bathroom. I could have carved out some time to run, but unfortunately I didnt.
This is something that I need to be aware of and watch in the future, and I’ll let you know how I’m doing. Do you have any suggestions for how to keep to a schedule?