Some people may consider me nuts but I am actually reflecting on the psychology of finishing a marathon. Practically every Saturday this year I have spent a few hours with runners that joined the Team in Training.
During the cold winter months I trained for my First Marathon and learned the importance of mixing up the distance and intensity of runs. Marathon Day in San Diego was an eye opening experience but my finishing time was a bit slower then anticipated.
Upon returning to Connecticut one of the TNT Coaches told me my photo was being used in the promotional flyer for the ING Hartford Marathon so I decided to remain with the Purple People for my second big event.
Normally I carry a camera during races but I am trying to tone down my use of gadgets so I only took a few photos. My most essential toy is Forerunner GPS to track my progress enabling me to look back and see where I had difficulty.
In Hartford I paced myself pretty good during the first half but still noticed the hurdle of hitting the wall around mile 21 where I slowed to a walk with a bit of cramping. After a few stretching stops I was able to pick it up much better than in my previous marathon and finished with a 4:49, which was a 26-minute improvement from the Rock-n-Roll Run.
It’s getting close to decision time for my next long run of 26.2 miles. The Mingle in Miami is getting closer but the thought of training during the upcoming chilly months and then landing in the heat and humidity of Florida a day or two before the race has me concerned.
My wife is pushing for a winter get-a-way so maybe I’ll psych myself up for a five-hour finish and run.
If you have any suggestions or comments on marathon training I always welcome input. Beyond running I do have to work so if a move to New Haven County is in your future I'm available to help. My primary territory consists of North Haven, North Branford, Branford, Guilford & Madison but familiar with many other towns if needed.