Don’t Freak Out, it’s Just a Training Run

Next Sunday I will “train through” Shamrock marathon in prep for Capon Valley 50K. I have been trying to tell myself “this is a training run” but I have given myself a little one-week taper, you know, [whisper] just in case I feel like racing. Now of course rather than it being a training run it has become a race and I am having pre-race jitters…for a training run. Darn.

As ultramarathoner Neal Gorman wrote in a blog post aptly titled Bonk, “The problem with training through a race is that once the race begins, instead of following through with the initial plan of getting in that training run, my thoughts change to actually wanting to give the race a go.”

I don’t like the week before a marathon. I get jumpy. Little niggles that I’ve never felt before start, well, niggling me. Today it’s my hip flexor. Tomorrow it will be my hamstring. My workouts don’t go well. And the more I let these things bother me, and the more I allow doubts about my fitness – mentally and physically – creep in, the more I worry.

So I’ve decided I’m not going to do that this week! If my runs suck, so be it. They’ve been great up until now, which is what’s important. I am going to focus on the positive and imagine myself having a great race training run. But I’d like it to be a good training run. A negative split training run. A training run where everything goes right and feels good. 🙂

But just so you know, if you see me out and about this week and I stare right through you or seem a little loopy or can’t concentrate on what you’re saying, it just that I’m a little preoccupied with my training run.


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6 Responses to Don’t Freak Out, it’s Just a Training Run

  1. Rose says:

    Yes it is a Training run – just take a deep breath and just enjoy it. Racing the Shamrock is not allowed !!!

  2. I like to think of those little aches and pains as my body’s way of telling me that it is rebuilding itself to be ready on race (er training) day. Nothing to see here, move along. It’s always going to create some doubts, but you can use those aches to focus on the important things that are easy to forget as the race approaches, like solid nutrition, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Keep up with those things, and you body will take care of itself 🙂

  3. racingtales says:

    Thanks, those are some good tips! I am doing a little extra foam rollering and hip flexor stretching. It’s funny how our bodies communicate with us!

  4. Beth says:

    Taper is the worst, even if its just a mini-taper. Just remember that its all in your head and focus on how much fun it will be to run a full marathon without having to worry about racing it!

  5. racingtales says:

    It is definitely all in my head. Sometimes it would be better if I replaced what’s inside my head with straw. Then I’d be just fine.

  6. lester says:

    I feel the same way!!!

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