My gut tells me to continue to push myself as long as my body allows it. But rest/taper, when my program states that I should. Is that right?
The 15 miles this Monday was my farthest so far and I am truly humbled. First time for me to experience the pain and soreness that followed after running this distance. And that's only 15! And I still have 11.2 to go! I felt my body fading a bit already.
So now I'm thinking --- I don't want to surprise myself (and my body) during the actual marathon. I want to already know what it feels like running close to 26.2 miles. I want to train my body to get used to the very long distance.
My program says that I peak at 22 miles, 3 weeks before race day. I feel that that is not enough. I want to peak at 24 miles. I now have 7 weeks to go before the race. The last 2-3 weeks, I start tapering. Am I making the right decision? Am I pushing myself too much?
A friend advised me to stick to my original program since it is there for a purpose. But the program is something I just got online. It doesn't know what I am capable of doing.
Another said to just enjoy the course. I want to and I plan to. But that 5 hours 30 minute cut-off is just so much pressure for me. It's my first marathon and I don't know if that time is enough for me.
And my friend/coach Carina, tells me that I am strong enough to train until 24 miles.
My fear of peaking my training at 24 miles is that I might injure myself. God-forbid this happens! So I guess I just have to go with my instincts. Nobody else knows myself more than I do, right? I promise to listen to my body and see how far it will take me during my training.
- What was the longest distance you ran when you were training for your first marathon?
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