With six weeks to go before the Ottawa Marathon I have now reached the peak point of my training meaning I am completing my longest training runs and will be hitting my biggest milestones in terms of running.
When I trained for my previous marathons, at least for most of them, I would hit a point around this time in my training where fatigue, both physical and mental, would set in and I would question what I got myself into and whether I wanted to continue. For those of you who have trained for a marathon before you will know what I mean and for those who have not let’s just say it is a long and grueling process.
Making it past that was like another milestone for me. My feeling was that if I got past that point nothing was going to stop me. I always saw it as another positive step in my training.
Tonight for the first time I thought about my current training cycle and I really have not hit this point this time around. I don’t know whether it is because I am more focused on my goal or that I am just better prepared this time around but I have not once found myself questioning what I got myself into and whether I wanted to continue.
I don’t know what impact this will have on me overall but for now it is another positive for me to draw upon when I look back upon this training cycle. For those who have run a marathon before I think you will agree that it is as tough mentally as it is physically so for me my current state of mind can only help going forward.
Do you go through similar milestones when training for a marathon?