I’m at the halfway point for my training for the WDW Marathon in January. So far I have felt very strong in my training and the half marathon distance is, dare I say, getting easy. I’ve felt confident about my training because the distances haven’t been scary yet. It’s been nice training for a full marathon, without the added distance yet. But the inevitable is about to happen…I will run beyond 13.1 miles!
Believe me, if I have run beyond 13.1 miles already is has been .10 extra because I forgot to turn my Garmin off while walking back to the car. My training will start feeling a bit more scary as I tackle my first run beyond 13.1. I’m scheduled to run 15 miles this weekend and I’m starting to reminesce about training for my first half in 2012. It was scary, but I took it one step at a time. I remember the first time I ran 4 miles and even my husband was surprised.
Geesh…4 miles is a short run now. That’s a pretty cool feeling.
So I find myself in new territory again as I train longer distances for the WDW Marathon. I’m officially a newbie marathoner in training. My biggest fear isn’t DNF (did not finish), my biggest fear is DNS (did not start). I’m prone to injuries and want my opportunity to line up with all of the other Run Disney runners in January for my first marathon.
I think my strongest training tool is using the Galloway Method and not pushing myself beyond my limits. Those walk breaks are already in place when I run and it’s been saving my body by the end of each run. From here on out, whatever Jeff Galloway says to run…I run (walk) it!
I’m putting all of my trust into the Jeff Galloway Method and I have no doubt that it will earn me the experience I need to finish my first full marathon in January. After all, I used his method for my first half and I did great. So bear with me as I whine about my feet hurting or a new body part chafing when I blog. Or when I ask for some extra social media motivation to push me through an extra mile.
This is a new experience for me, but I’m excited to face my fears and tackle a new running challenge!