10 Miles that made me Question Me

Well, I am through the second week of training for my second marathon.  It has been such a hard week though.  Granted, I kind of created that toughness for myself, but still it was a really difficult week of training.

I know it is normal to have hard weeks, but this one made me question whether or not I should even be running another marathon.  It made me question my body.

However, there are a few things to remember about this week.  I started the week with 6 miles of hills.  Seriously, ALL HILLS.  My quads are still aching a little from that one.  Wednesday I did 200m sprints.  15 of them.  In 90+ degree weather.  On Thursday I went to crossfit.  It might have been the most difficult workout that I have ever done!  It was tough on me cardiovascularly at the time, and now, 3 days later, my shoulders and triceps are STILL hurting.  And yesterday I ran 10 miles.  I ran 10 miles in 90+ degrees, potentially closer to 100*!

It was the toughest run.  It was really that which made me question whether or not I was up for a second marathon.  I stopped at just over 5 miles.  I had to stretch and catch my breath in the heat.  I then had to stop and stretch one more time and stop for water when I ran by a park (that one was normal!) and by the last three miles I had to run for 0.9 miles and walk for 0.1 miles.  That is the ONLY time I have ever done a walk/run combo.  It made me feel so guilty. 

I keep trying to remind myself that it was like 100 degrees and sunny, but I don’t feel any better! I know it is a little dumb to be so hard on myself when it was so hot and so sunny, but I am that way, I guess.  I keep trying to remind myself that bad runs are normal for everyone.  And tough training is even more normal. 

I want to try and take a deep breath and move on to this new week of training.  It’s a brand new one, and I am going to try and stick with it!


  1. It's normal to have bad runs, but it is still so hard to deal with! I definitely hit this spot somewhere in the middle of marathon training and took a couple of days off. Stick with it, rest if you need to reset, and you'll be great.

  2. The heat has been killer. Considering that you walked a bit, your pace didn't get shot too much. Just take care of yourself!


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