The concept of base building…is that you spend several weeks leading up to marathon training week 1, and you build a steady base of miles under your belt.
I get it. I do.
However. After 5 marathons, I know that the most grueling weeks are not week 14, 15 or 16. You’re too fried by then to turn back. It’s not weeks 1, 2 or 3…when you’re fresh, but you have to get yourself back into THAT mode. It’s anywhere from week 9 to 12, or so. These are the weeks when it all is just. Running. Where, you have a plan and your house has settled back into “My Mom is training and we have no hot food” mode. When you get home, and lace up, and turn on the Garmin and just. GO. Without thinking. These are the weeks that kill. But they are also the ones that teach perseverance.
So. Base Building adds another, I don’t know…4-6 weeks?
No. Simply, no. I cannot bear it. As much as I love the marathon…and I LOVE the marathon…I don’t always love the training, and how my food and my clock and my work day are all around when I’m getting the miles under my belt.
For now…here is my plan: I run every other day 3 or 4 or 5 miles. Slowly getting up to 6 by November 16th, the day my training officially starts. On opposite days, I lift. And. Dieting.
When I last ran a marathon in San Luis Obispo in April 2012, I was 7 pounds thinner than I am now. And that’s where I’d like to be come November 16. There’s a reclaiming for me here, and those who know the back story know that SLO was my last marathon…and I have had a difficult time coming back on many levels. But I will tell you this. I simply must run another one.
And. I have a bib. On March 9, 2014, I will be running the Los Angeles Marathon. For the third time. It’s my all time favorite course. I love San Luis and MCM and NIKE. I do. But LA holds such a place in my heart. Where I was broken at Mile 18, and ran through a monsoon the next year. And THIS year, I will be at that great place…the young end of a new age group!
I might even be over last Friday’s LA Dodgers loss by then. But. I can’t guarantee it.
In summary. I’m base building. Sort of. I’m supposed to run tonight, but I’m so tired from 4 hours of sleep the last two nights. So I’m running. Or…I’m skipping it because I can. I haven’t decided yet. But after November 16…it’s on. Time for another cycle of Swedish Fish for dinner and weekends full of pancakes and long runs. For another stab at toeing the line.
Only 3 more weeks of casual base building and freedom. Can’t wait.