The main lesson I can take away from my marathon training season is:
"The Enemy of Good is Better"
Allow me to explain. A couple of months ago, I got to a point where I felt my marathon fitness was starting to get good. Not being satisfied with that, I wanted my fitness to get even better. I ratcheted up my weekly mileage and speed training, and pounded the crap out of my legs day after day without a break. My regimen became a classic case of overtraining.
|City light in the snow|
I had written a blog entry last year about how three out of the six U.S. Olympic marathoners did not even make it to the finish line in London due to overtraining, yet somehow, I thought that such principles did not apply to me!
Predictably, I got injured trying to get better too quickly.
So now that my injury has healed (for the most part), I have adjusted my mileage and have started running slowly with plenty of walk breaks. I am going to try and just get my fitness back to "good", so I can at very least participate in the marathon. However, the temptation to run a little faster or cram in a few more miles keeps rearing its head. But, if I want to be healthy next month, I need to fight such urges. My marathon training is now an experiment in self-control.
|Belmont Harbor this morning|
So, that's what I want for my marathon next month: To just be "good", and I'll fight to keep its enemy "better" locked away!
Is staying at "good" difficult for you too?