Let me tell you something. Taking it easier than scheduled on this cutback week and really listening to my body was a great decision on my part. By not pushing myself too hard, I feel ready to take on round 2 of this training cycle and to continue to increase mileage and other workouts to prepare me for a strong finish on August 20.
I skipped a run at the beginning of the week, but I didn’t beat myself up over it. I did my strength training workout when I got home from my hill repeats workout, and loved that decision when I had another rest day built in to the week (I will be continuing that plan going forward!). I napped every day while in Vancouver this weekend and have no regrets about that (partially because I wasn’t sleeping well at night). I ate a third of a Mars bar before my pre-conference run this morning because I didn’t want to get out of bed any earlier to eat a real breakfast (even though I was awake well before my alarm went off.) The advertisers were right – a Mars bar a day, a work, rest and play – it was the perfect amount of fuel to get me through my five-miler this morning!
This is my fourth marathon training process, and I think I’ve finally realized that while I may want to be perfect and complete every scheduled workout, eat the right foods all the time, and get 8 hours of sleep every night, that life happens, and the most important thing to do is to listen to my body. The more I push too hard, the increased chance I will end up hurt and sidelined before race day. I don’t want that. And I don’t want to hate the process to get to the start line in Edmonton.
I feel good and ready to tackle the next 4-week cycle. It’s going to hurt. I’m going to be tired. And hungry. But when it comes time for the next cutback week, it’s going to be amazing!