Good morning blog land! I’m here to give an update on how my running has been this summer so far. I’ve wanted to run marathon number 3 for a long time. Marathon 2 was in October 2013. But injuries and pandemics have gotten in the way, as well as learning I had endometriosis and how to navigate those symptoms.
Well in June I said it’s time. My dad has signed up for the virtual Boston marathon in October 2021 and invited me to run with him. The Toronto marathon is doing a virtual race in October as well so I think I can sign up and get a medal. My dad and I could still run together just doing different races.
So I started training in early June. It’s been really freaking hot here, way hotter than normal so that has hindered me a bit. I had a slow start to my training program because I’m struggling to motivate myself in the mornings. When I trained for a marathon last time, I would run at 5:30am to beat the heat and to be ready to leave for work by 7:30am. But I don’t have to leave for work until 8:30am now and I’m lazier!
I’ve been running in the afternoons because I’ve also noticed I do not do as well with fasted cardio anymore. I’m not sure if that’s age related or not. But when I was 26, running in the morning with no food in my stomach was completely fine, now it sucks. I’m way slower and tire much faster. I did an experiment with my weekend long run. One day I got up and had tea and toast, then waited 90 minutes and went for a 14km run. It was a great run. Then the next weekend I got up and ran with no food or tea, I ran 14km again and it was shit. So I think fasted cardio, especially before a long run, is no longer an option in this 34 year old body.
I’ve been following a training program of my own making, it’s going well for long runs, but I miss the occasional shorter run. My longest run so far has been 14km. I’ve started adding in speed work and hill training.
The biggest thing I’ve had to come to terms with is my speed. I was running around 5:30-6:00 min/km when training for my last marathon. Now I’m 6:30-7:00 min/km. There are many reasons for this that I am working on accepting. First and foremost, I’m about 15 lbs heavier. Then I’m also 8 years older. I’m not as strong in the legs as I used to be because I haven’t been doing strength training which I did all the time in my 20’s. My body has changed and my mind has changed too. I know longer stress about the cellulite on my legs or the belly roll I have. I do stress about my pace too much but I can’t bring myself to stress about my body as much as I did in my 20’s. And I think that’s okay. This body does amazing things for me every day. It carries me through each month filled with cysts, scar tissue and lot’s of abdominal pain. I love this body, so it’s okay that we are slower than we used to be.
How has your running been? Are you training for anything?