Running Through the Highs and the Lows

Marathon training is hard and there are many ups and many downs that you’ll go through over the course of the 18 weeks leading up to race day.

The best thing you can do is to stay on an even keel, no matter what happens. If you have a great run, be happy, but don’t expect everything to be awesome. If you have a rough week or a tough run, put it behind you and move on.

No panic

I’ve been dealing with a knee injury since last Sunday that had me limping around all week. I sought out some treatment and advice from my physiotherapist on Tuesday and she provided the reassurance that this was something we could manage.

dont-panicIt’s really easy to panic when something like this happens. You’ve put in a ton of work already, and the thought of not being able to complete your training and the race is tough to take. But not every injury or setback in your training has to result in that outcome.

My mantra this week has been this: No panic. It’s all good. Lots of time.

Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard

It hasn’t been easy this week, but I did a couple of 10km runs, a 6km on Saturday and then today I ran 27km without any issues. Good stuff and I’m confident that this knee thing is manageable and probably almost behind me.

The same advice applies when you have one of those awesome long runs or what feels like the easiest tempo run of all time. Enjoy it, remember how it feels, and move on.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the seven or eight times I’ve taking the trip through the marathon training plan, it’s that things sometimes go well, and other times…not so much.

Keep it in perspective

Whether it’s a battle with the flu that costs you a week of training, or the best run of your life, keep in mind that training for a marathon involves months of work, and hundreds and hundreds of kilometres of running. Enjoy the journey, but take it one day at a time and keep things in perspective.