One City Marathon Training Wk “1”

Planned Miles: who cares?

Completed Miles: I dunno

Technically this is not week 1, but I have no idea where I am in my training cycle.

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what I’m doing (or where I’m going) for this marathon. Because of what life has been throwing at me since moving to Virginia, I guess it was not a great idea to sign up for another marathon. My training has been pretty nonexistent over the past few weeks. While I have been completing runs here and there, I have not been consistent at all. At this point, I think the maximum distance for a run has been 12 miles during this training cycle.

Folks might remember that this marathon was supposed to be my redemption marathon after my poor performance running NYC Marathon. At this point, One City Marathon might take that crown.

Now, I’m at a loss about what to do:

  • Do I call it a wash, cancel my registration, and plan for another marathon later in the year once things settle down?
  • Do I continue to train and hope for the best?

I kind of want to continue to train, but I’m not sure if my ego can handle running another 5+ hr (well 5.5+ hr) marathon. While I have completed several marathons, I simply do not know how to get back to my training. Unfortunately, I just have not been able to find a decent groove for my running.

Long Run Chronicles:


Training Plan:

NYC Marathon 2022 Training Plan:

Image from Hal Higdon Training (Link ***)

Goals for the week:

-Simple, start running!

-Really figure out a running, healthier eating, and fitness schedule.

Long Run Playlist:


Questions of the Day:

-What do you do when your running motivation goes to zero? In other words, how do you rediscover your ‘why’ for running . . . or anything else in life?

-The best way to get back to marathon training when you have not completed a long run in a few weeks?

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  1. I’ve recently been where you are with losing my running mojo. For me, it’s about getting back to basics and remember why I enjoy running. Those runs that get me rolling again are runs where I don’t have a planned distance or pace in mind. I just go until I’m ready to stop…even if it’s just a mile. Sometimes it ends up being 5 or 6 miles, I just let my body tell me.

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    • Perhaps, it’s due my constant planning and making to-do lists in my mind, but I’ve never been one to just go for a run or a walk. I have to know where I’m going. However, you are right about getting back to basics.

      LOL. I got into running out of frustration. I was planning to ride my bicycle to work, both tires were flat, so I decided to run to work because I didn’t feel like changing the tires. 😉

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  2. It sounds like it’s time for a deferral, if that’s an option. For me, volunteering has always helped when my motivation has been low. Seeing the sheer joy on other people’s faces when they’re racing has been enough to ignite the fire in me again. If that’s not your cup of tea, take a break from running entirely and maybe volunteer somewhere else then go back to running when you truly want to run.

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  3. Defer it. You’re only going to mentally beat yourself up more if you try to train for it. It’s time for a reset that includes a break or at least a scale back from running. Take it from someone currently doing it. Let me know if you want my email address and we can discuss more if you want.

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  4. Are you able to defer? I guess I’m so far behind in the blogs that you’ve made your decision by now and I’ll look out for it. I would say defer and volunteer and see if you can run and do other stuff just for the enjoyment of it. And good luck in whatever you choose to do.

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