There are now 30 days until the Napa Valley Marathon! If you’ve been following my blog at all, you know I’ve been a little lazy in my training this time around. My long run schedule was interrupted by snow a couple weeks ago. But this past weekend, I finally got back on track and went for a 17-mile run.
As has been the case most of this winter, I lucked out with the weather. It was in the low 50s when I left the house, but there was a wicked wind, so I wore my tights and my long-sleeve tech shirt from the Philly Marathon. Wearing my marathon shirt also helps to motivate me on the longer runs, because it reminds me that not too long ago, I ran 26.2 miles, so I have no excuse to give up during a training run. I was pretty comfortable, until the sun went down. Then I wished I had packed some gloves.
I felt pretty good until around mile 13. Then my legs started to feel like lead and every step took way more effort than it should for someone running a marathon in a month. I finished my 17 miles with a pace of 10:37, and felt pretty good about checking that run off my to-do list. Then I thought about it and realized I still have 9 more to go after that on race day! Unfortunately, I am now dealing with a case of strep throat, so I am guessing my long run for this weekend is out. Then I might be able to squeeze in one more before it’s time to start tapering.
I know I will be able to finish the Napa marathon. After a certain number of miles, it really is all mental. And unless my legs stop working, I won’t give up. But I know it will be way harder for me physically than Philly was, since I was in much better shape going into that. I know I will be mad at myself with every difficult stride for not having trained harder.
My experiences training for Philly vs this race have been so amazingly opposite. When I was training for Philly, I never let myself miss a run, I was eating well, I majorly cut back on my alcohol intake, and I made my training schedule a priority over my social life. It took up a ton of my time, but I really did love it. I just can’t get myself to that point with this race. Maybe it’s because Philly was my first marathon, and I was scared I wouldn’t be able to do it if I didn’t train hard. This time around, I know in the back of my head that I can handle it.
While I am not super excited for the race itself, I am very much looking forward to the trip! The itinerary includes a few days in San Jose (excursions to San Francisco), and a few days in Napa. I can’t wait to eat and drink my way through California. I’m open to suggestions on what to do/where to eat during the trip. Post them below if you have any!