MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 3: Body VS Mind

Week 2 out of 18 have now been completed, and I have to admit that I am still struggling with getting back into the swing of things.

training week 2 - 1

Strength training last week absolutely KILLED my legs, which resulted in a rather painful training week. Don’t let my smile fool you, last week was though, not just on my body but on my mind as well.

training week 2 - 2

My confidence is really taking a hit with still being so unfit. I mean, LOOK AT ME! The sweat was literally dripping off my entire face as I struggled to complete 3 miles with heavy and painful legs.

training week 2 - 3

As a person who has endured physical pain on a daily basis for so many years, my pain threshold has become super high, which in turn has made me a bit worried about injuring myself whilst training as I am pretty good at “pushing through the pain” – it was a survival technique for so many year and I automatically apply it for running.

training week 2 - 4
Who knows, I might be worrying in vain, but I would hate to injure myself and go through all the stress I went to when I first trained to run a half marathon and injured myself due to over-training.

So Im trying to be good by walking and stretching during my runs when the pain gets too much. It’s annoying and it makes me question whether or not I actually need to take a break or if I am just being lazy…

ARGH! It is a very frustrating feeling when you have the will and mindset to do something but your body can’t handle it. Im constantly reminding myself that I still have a long journey ahead, so I should just relax a little, but it is much harder than it sounds!

Anyway, this is what my training week looks like:

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 3

MON: REST – Done
TUE: Strength training & 3 miles – Done
WED: 4 miles – Done
THU: Strength training & 3 miles – Done without strength
FRI: REST – Done
SAT: Cross training No cross training
SUN: 5 miles – Done, did 6 miles with Cata

Let’s see if I can manage to be less of a drama queen this week and just do the damn thing instead.

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