11 weeks.. That is all I have left, well a little less now, to get myself ready for the Chevron Houston Marathon. I can do this!!! I haven’t trained much and I hate that. Between travel, health issues, lack of energy, etc. etc. etc. I just haven’t found the motivation to get on the treadmill or get outside and even just walk. I think a lot of it has been a mental block of fear of the unknown. I struggle with completing a half marathon, how on earth am I going to be able to double that distance??? It has also been frustration with trying to figure out what is causing me to have to take Benadryl every single day….
On Monday, I decided no more excuses. No more sabotaging myself. I want to prove to myself that I can accomplish this life goal this year. I am fine with only ever doing it once and this is supposed to be my year. So I worked out.. And it has now been two days. Monday I did 30 minutes on the bike and 35 minutes on the treadmill. It wasn’t fast or super long, but it was a workout and I felt amazing afterwards and the rest of the day. Today I did 30 minutes on the bike, but lost my motivation after that to get in a walk/run. The rest of the day was rough with low energy and an allergy attack from what I don’t know.
My plan is to workout in some way or another 5 days a week or all week if I can must up the energy. The only way I am going to be able to do this marathon is to be consistent and to work on endurance. I am not worried about speed, just endurance. Best guess is that I can finish it in 6 hours.. holy moly that is a long time!!! So I will just keep plugging away. Watching what I eat, and working on endurance.
I do have an appointment scheduled for two weeks from now to get some answers on just what all I am allergic to. I know a lot of it is foods.. I can guess and guess for days but even when I avoid the few I know, I am still having issues. Sure not a fun way to live.
I have three races scheduled for this month: 5K, Half, then 25K. Oh and 10K turkey trot.. So three races. They will be my motivation to keep going and work toward this huge life goal.
Have you ever run a marathon? What are some of your tips for endurance, fuel, hydrating?