Last year, training for the Dublin Marathon was easy (you know as easy as training for a marathon can be). The additional miles came easily and I didn't really have any extra aches or pains. This year has been an entirely different experience. The Chicago Marathon is 60 days away. It seems so close. But in running time I know there's still lots of time to train. I just need to get my body on board with this plan.
I guess I shouldn't be terribly surprised by this training being more difficult. The entire year has been has been more challenging than the last few. I would list all of the ways it's been difficult, but I'm trying to derail the pity party train. I attribute some of my problems in my training now to breaking my arm in May. I broke it on trail run. I swear runninng is not a dangerous sport, except for the two incidents this year that have lead to broken bones for me and Mark. I had to take a few weeks off and pretty much went right into marathon training (not the way I suggest starting off your training program).
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I love to run. It makes me a better person. It relaxes me and energizes me at the same time. These are the things I tell myself when I want to give up. Keeping promises to myself is something our late pastor, David Foster said a lot. It's a motto I've adopted. And when there's something I don't want to do, it's what I tell myself. It's one of the reason I choose to start again when I want to quit.