With marathon training, that is.
You’d think that after previously training for 7 marathons it would get a little easier. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but holy moly, training for a marathon is hard! No matter how seasoned you are or how many you’ve run before. Each training cycle offers its own unique challenges. And for me, training for the Portland Marathon has been pretty tricky! The biggest culprit was a busy, adventure-filled summer. No complaints there but I basically had to cram to get to this point.
I didn’t follow any of the traditional rules… I only ran four long runs, about every other week, and increased by two miles at a time (14, 16, 18, 20), failing to stick to the 10% mileage increase rule. Technically, I should have started tapering last week. And, I didn’t do any supplemental training. No speed work… no hill repeats… no nothing!
No matter, though! I’m done!
Fourteen days and counting to marathon #8!