Sunday, 08 June marks a major milestone – eighteen weeks until the Chicago Marathon. This means 18 weeks of focused training to get me ready to run the marathon. I remember when I reached this point when training for Grandma’s in Duluth, 18 weeks didn’t seem long enough to prepare – but it really works.
However I am not where I would ideally like to be. I would like to have more conditioning and distance under my belt before the 18 week countdown begins and I have a shin splint type injury.
But this week of injury has given me time to reflect on why I like to run – it gives me time to pray and spend time reflecting on what God is teaching me. Believe me I have had plenty of prayer requests coming through email. Things like D and L’s infant son born with a heart defect, K’s daughter had an algebra final and was struggling with test anxiety, plus getting ready for a ministry trip to Mississippi. This morning as I walked to stretch out some muscles, I prayed and had a great time with God.
Now as I turn the corner from pre- training and conditioning to focused training, I also need to remember to pray as I train. Turning this corner also means that I will be cutting my running days from 5 or 6 to 3. This just helps to lessen the pounding that my body takes. The longer distances take a toll on the body. But during those three days, I will get my hill work and speed work in during those runs – combining some things to make it work. I will also continue doing the weightlifting and strengthening work – 2 days per week. Once I am injury free – I will go back to running 3-4 days per week. I will be wrapping the ankle to get a bit more support as I move into this next phase – but I am ready to get serious.
Eighteen weeks and Counting!