Marathon training weeks 9 to 11

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Hey friends! Training is coming along nicely. Well, nice is a word one should use to describe marathon training but that's how I feel about it. 

I don't have nearly as much experience as some of my Fort Bend Fit friends but I've done this enough to be reflective about it. 

I've had good and bad training seasons. This season feels nice. Here's why:

• I finally adapted to the hills of East Texas. It took a long time but I am completely okay with hills. I went from despising them to being oblivious to them. Today, the course actually felt quite flat compared to our usual routes. I used to feel bothered by the hills, especially if I had to climb them to start a run. Now, it's all good. I guess I have other stuff to think about. 

• Strength training is coming along well. Also, not my favorite thing to do but it pays off with great dividends. A stronger body can run further with efficiency. That's exactly what I want. 

• I changed my training plan for the first time ever. I am following Hal Higdon's Novice 1 plan. Here is what's coming up:

Basically, four more climb weeks and then tapper. 

I've been praying that God will continue to bless me and give me the strength to finish training and complete the race. I never take prayer and God's blessing for granted. Only through His favor, I've been able to get here. 

This season also has been pretty silent. When I ran with Fort Bend Fit, there was always someone to talk to. The way we had the routes planned allowed me to see people when the sun came up and we all met after the run. Things are different now. 

I am getting used to how things are in East Texas. Things are not bad, just different. I am encouraging myself to be fully who I am, no matter where I am. 

I appreciate your prayers and encouragement as I finish this training season. God is for us, no doubt! 

Other posts in this series:
• Marathon Training 2020 Weeks 1-8 
Marathon Training Week 9