Getting ready for a spring marathon proves to be a struggle for Jess — but she’s not giving up.
It has been a tough week. I’ve been discouraged and worried. My leg hurts. It hurts all the time. Well, not all the time. It hurts to run and that sucks.
I have a running coach who provides me with a weekly workout plan. This week I did two days of cross training at the gym. Usually I do 60 minutes of cardio on the elliptical and bike, and then a 30 minute core workout and stretch. I also did four days of running. Each time I did a 10km run, alternating between running and walking.
It all sounds good when I write it down. But in reality I struggled through every workout and spent a large amount of time icing sore legs and feeling sorry for myself.
I said over and over on Twitter and DailyMile: “I just want to run.”
Really, for me running is all about chasing that elusive “good run” — the one that feels like you’re flying and you could go forever. It’s a truly amazing experience. I know it will come back to me. I’m just having trouble maintaining focus, strength and hope.
As far as the marathon goes, I’m still feeling doubtful. I think as soon as I get one long run under my belt I will feel more optimistic.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m doing it. It might be pretty ugly. But one way or another I will be at the start line on May 1st.