Well hello there February 5th…the Phoenix Marathon is now officially 22 days away! Yikes!
The Phoenix Marathon will be my:
- 3rd standalone marathon
- 6th marathon (counting Goofy Challenge marathons too)
- 9th marathon (including Goofy Challenge and Ironman marathons)
I haven’t tested myself on a standalone marathon since January 2009… I’m pretty excited to see what I am capable of running now. For the most part training has gone well. Here are five things about my training for the 2016 Phoenix Marathon:
- I ran an 18 miler with my friend Tara back in early January. It was cold, there was snow on the pathways and there was a wicked, strong wind coming from the west. Fitness wise I was feeling good but mentally the wind was such a challenge. I kept visualizing that all I wanted to do was run off the side of the pathway, put my hands on my knees, catch my breath and just stop running into the crazy wind. I realized I was falling into a hole so instead I visualized that I was running tall and feeling fresh and that the wind didn’t phase me at all. It was not easy, but having one of those really difficult runs in training helps me know I can push past hurt on race day.
- I’ve been very fortunate that Tara has been able to join me for some of my long runs. She’s training for her second Boston marathon at the moment. Tara pushes me outside of my comfort zone a bit. My runs have been going really well, so that is a huge confidence booster!
- We have the same shoes, which seems to generate quite a few comments from our fellow runners on the pathway!
- I am thankful for mugs of hot chocolate, compression socks, sweatpants and cozy blankets. They are perfect for post long run recovery!
- I’ve had some Smartwool socks for years. I absolutely love them for cold weather running. Unfortunately I managed to put a hole through one of them on my last long run!
It is hard to believe my race is coming up so quickly! I’m feeling ready for it…it is just time to push through the final few weeks of training. What are you training for right now?