I am well on the way with my marathon training at the minute and – touch wood – I’m feeling good. My long runs have now hit the longest they will be prior to the event, as I am following a plan which advocates for only getting to 80% of the maximum distance in training and let the rest happen through the magic of race day. I think many running coaches advocate for this method – there is an interesting article about it here
I am running strong, aware of what is working and what is still to be perfected. My glutes and hamstrings still need a bit more work, but my recovery and fuelling planning is coming together. I am running early in the day – up and out at 5am some days – and not minding too much or finding it hard to get out of bed. Dare I say, some days I even jump out of bed in a rather spritely manner, as I am looking forward to getting out there.
So my questions are these – how sustainable is this? What will happen after the marathon, which is only six weeks away now? What should I expect next?
As it stands right now, I am hoping to have a great run, feel proud and then I would like to push this even further and sign up for an ultramarathon next. But I have no idea what the reality is. Am I likely to want to schedule the next event straight away and keep on working hard towards the next goal? Or should I expect to lose my mojo for a while after completing something I have been working so hard towards for so long due to a bit of an anticlimax situation?
I have no idea. So I’m putting it out there to the bloggersphere and twittersphere, as I’m interested to hear what the consensus is on this. Thoughts please!