I have a confession to make: my marathon training schedule intimidates me. Since hiring on Jeff Gaudette as my coach and following his schedule, I am doing more speedwork in a week (volume wise) than I have ever done. I’m also doing run combinations that I’ve never tried before. For instance, last week I did an eight-miler on Friday that included six at marathon pace, followed by an 18-miler the next day.
What I’m realizing is that perhaps over the past couple of years I’ve gotten a bit slack with my own training. The no-plan training plan was perhaps the lazy bones training plan.
Yes, the general framework that I was using had equaled out to success for me, but…have I shaken things up at all in the last few training cycles? Nope, not at all. I had fallen into the same old, tried-and-true training pattern that I’ve been using for years now.
That’s one of the big reasons I turned to a coach in the first place, and now that he’s delivering new and challenging things, I’m a bit scared to receive. So my approach has become one run at a time. Every time I head out and think I can’t do the workout, I find out I can. It’s hard, no question. But I’m getting through it. And I’m learning to try not to think about what’s on my schedule later on in the week, but rather just focus on each run as it comes. I don’t need to psyche myself out.
In the meantime, I can feel myself getting a bit stronger, and that’s exciting. I also know that when I finish this cycle out, I’m going to have a boatload of confidence. If I can make it through this training–each one run at a time–then I will be able to run my goal pace. That is one run I will take to the bank.
Ever feel afraid of the training you are facing? How do you deal with it?