My running is improving. Oddly enough I'm getting slower though. So although I'm now able to run 26kms without dying, my pace is slowing. (makes sense). With the increase in distance, and the numbers of miles I am logging, my body is continuously being taxed. This marathon training is certainly not for the week in mind or body.
After tomorrow's 29km run, I am considering taking a week off completely. I think my body needs a moment to recover. I've tried to increase my protein and watch my diet, but my leg muscles are sore after a 10km run and I don't think that is right. 10km used to feel great. Now it is becoming painful near the end. I think a week will help.
If you are ever considering training for this distance please keep a couple things in mind.
1) running a marathon is taxing on the body. It is not for 'fitness' and weight loss. In fact, you may gain weight while training. Running 5k's and weight training will drop your weight faster. You don't have to believe me...but it is true.
2) Only crazy people run this much ;)
3) It is not normal to head out for a run, have your family wave at you from the van on their way to church, and then wave at you again (because your still running) as they come home. Just..NOT...O.K.
4) Mental fatigue is real. I've been doing some research on stress induced training and how it relates to BCAA's (branch chain amino acids) and Serotonin (mood chemical). Interesting. I used to run to stay sane (literally). I run for the endorphins and the anti stress properties they have. BUT I actually think training for this marathon is dipping me into a depression because now I'm stressing it. I wonder if I had a blood test if my Cortisol levels would be elevated. I'm now wondering if this mental depression is affecting my physical body. To quote an annoying commercial " Depression hurts". Hmmm...
Happy Running (5 km's that is)