Wait, what??! As I tracked my mileage this week, I decided to compare the training I’ve actually done to the training plan I laid out so long ago I think there were dinosaurs around. (True! I’m pretty sure it was around the time I saw Jurassic World). Lessons learned from this comparison are: A) I’m mostly on track according to my official training plan (a minor miracle itself), and B) I’m halfway through the training season. Hold up. Surely that can’t be right?! A couple thoughts raced through my mind at that realization, mostly about relativity and seemingly shortened timelines, but after double checking the numbers (a couple times), it is undeniably true. I have completed 8 out of 16 weeks of marathon training.
Wow. On one hand, that’s amazing. Aside from regular discussions of training and every tangentially related topic (I can turn almost any conversation into a discussion of running. It’s a skill), it doesn’t quite feel like I’ve been in full-swing training mode for the past 8 weeks. I’ve made it all the way to the halfway point without even registering the fact that I’ve done so. From here, it’s just maintenance. A few incrementally longer runs and a couple weeks of insanely early mornings left, and that’s it. That’s not asking much more than what I’ve already done. This is certainly achievable.
The other hand is trembling with mild panic. Whereas I don’t feel like I’m irrationally focused on training, I’m somewhat concerned by the absence of that feeling. This is going to sound kinda…I don’t know what the best adjective is, but it’s going to sound some kind of way. Marathoning is a lifestyle. It requires an incredible amount of intentionality and planning, which is probably why I love it so much. Marathon training should earn a large chunk of my energy and attention, and rightfully so. If it feels like that hasn’t quite been the case these past few weeks, then worry starts to creep in that, for one reason or another, I’m not ready yet. With those thoughts in mind, October 25th is coming up much, much too quickly.
Well, whichever mentality wins, the truth remains. I’m halfway there. In mere weeks I will be running my third marathon. In the meantime, I’ve got more training to log.