My training has hit a bit of a rough stretch over the past few weeks due to various injuries. I have not been able to train as consistently as I'd like - I've had to skip my weekend long run twice in the past four weeks, and my midweek runs have been hit or miss. Thankfully my conditioning still seems to be holding up reasonably well, and thanks to the miracles of physical therapy my knee wonkiness appears to have subsided. However, I have lost a lot of mental momentum.
Quite frankly, it scared me. The 10-miler had not been my best, but it wasn't the worst I've ever had either. The mental thought of having to do more than 2.5 times that distance in a single stretch all of a sudden become very tough for me to swallow. Some doubts have started hitting and for the first time ever, I've started to regret signing up for the marathon.
It's great advice and I'm trying to take it. But mentally I have lost several steps. It's weird that a few weeks of cutting back have made me feel so mentally tired. Shouldn't some time off make you feel refreshed? I'm honestly not sure where to go from here. Should I try to grind it out or do I take more time off?
Food for future thought - I have some friends that either have, or are working on, pilot's licenses. I've listened to their stories with great admiration and envy. It's always been a dream of mine to get a pilot's license. If it weren't for the cost, I would do it in a heartbeat - but aviation school is very, very expensive. I can't think of many other hobbies that would be more pricey than being a pilot. But a woman can still dream, right? Maybe someday.
|This might be the closest I'll ever get to being a pilot |
(taking an air tour of the Na Pali Coast in 2006)
For now, I'll be on the lookout for one of these: