For the past few weeks I have been feeling fear sneaking in. Running fear. Injury fear. Training is going amazingly well. I am learning more and more about my running persona. I feel more and more confident in what I can do with my running. And swimming. But the fear is mainly running related. And I need to put it behind.
I wrote my training plan for a 3:20 marathon goal. Although I do follow the plan's schedule, I am waaay ahead of the paces I am supposed to run. Ex. My first 20 miler was supposed to be average 8:38. It was 7:55. My 13 miler this weekend was supposed to be average 7:53. It was 7:33. My tempo was supposed to be 6 miles average 7:24. It was 7:08. The only workout where I am sticking with the time provided by my plan are track workouts, and even there I am always a few seconds faster.
Although I love these times, and they are in no way all out efforts, I fear injury. I do my part to avoid it - sleep, nutrition, icebaths followed by hot showers, calcium, strength exercises galore - and so far so good. I had the same issue when I trained for Baystate, but the discrepancies between planned and actual paces was not as large, and it started happening later in the training cycle. I still have 2 months of training left, and am wondering whether I am running too fast too soon? My mileage is fairly low (sub 50), and I am feeling great (I am looking forward to every run, as I always am), so I don't worry about "overtraining'. What are your thoughts? Slow down, keep it up, share your wisdom with me!
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