I am running my 2nd marathon at the end of September, The Half Moon Bay International Marathon, and I am freaking out. I have not run over 14 miles since I popped my marathon cherry back in January of this year. I now have a tad less than nine weeks to squish in those long runs. I am scared shitless to say the least, for I have let racing interfere with my training cycle without even realizing it.
I will let you in on a little secret – I am not confident in my long distance running abilities. I love to run; it’s true, but running for 26.2 miles at a time – Yikes. My goal is to run a sub 4, but I fear I will be defeated. Why am I being such a wuss? I know I can do it. I have done it before; I can certainly do it again. In the end it’s all mind over matter, right? The fact is, I fear disappointment. I want to be just as fast in long distance running as I am in short. Am I expecting too much? And where is that magic wand that I can wave and suddenly…POOF – I can run long distances with ease and desired pace?
For the next nine weeks, I am cutting down the races I participate in as it can no longer affect my marathon training plan. I will work hard to conquer my long distance running fear and create a few more goals in case I don’t end up running a sub 4. I am humbled by the running community for I have learned so much in the last few years and certainly have more to learn from each and every one of you. I would love and value any tips or suggestions from you veteran marathon runners out there.
So here goes nothing…. On your marks, get set, GO!