My friend Jacqueline took this photo while she and her husband Reese were treating us to lunch at one of their regular spots in Taormina. Le sigh – I have friends with a “regular spot” in Taormina – who knows where life will take us next!
Week Two of marathon training was a bit…um…different than Week One. I’m gonna call mulligans or shennanigans or whatever golfers call when they want a do-over (I’m not actually going to do anything over, though). I was overwhelmed by circumstances, but still got through the week feeling strong and capable of continuing forward in my training.
Here’s the recap:
1. 3 mile easy run: Hilly route with MariBeth and Dan
2. 5 mile hilly run: Not so hilly Duomo run, pretty good incline on the return, but not all the way to a “hilly” run.
3. 6 mile easy run: Round around base – reminded how boring it is to run without Sicilian traffic and hills while simultaneously happy to have the opportunity to tune out and let my mind wander as it tends to do on long runs.
4. 7.5 mile run: My long, slow run this week – it ended earlier than scheduled in order to accommodate the heat and humidity that crept back into our weird Sicilian summer weather. I am allowing myself more “easy outs” in the first 4-6 weeks of my training for this marathon. My previous training patterns show full motivation at the beginning, when I force myself to overcome circumstances in order to “get tough” – but I never allow for practicalities or realities to interfere with the training as prescribe on the paper. In other words, I previously gave all power to the training plan established by someone who doesn’t know me and who isn’t here, but who wrote down a course of training that they *predict* would lead to the results I desire. To achieve different results, I must take a different approach – thus, I am allowing myself to pay attention to how I am feeling and how I am responding to the training schedule in the first 4-6 weeks – and to make modifications accordingly. If I need to skip a run, or cut out early, then I will do so. I’m upping my mental game in this way and creating a deeper self-trust that I am hoping will carry me through the panic attacks I felt around mile 20 in my October 2013 race.
I am also re-instituting my rule of thumb to complete any run prior to 10am. It is just too hot under the strong Sicilian sun after 10am in the summer months. We have been having cool evenings (mid 60s F), and even some strong thunderstorms, so the weather this year is quite different than the blazing heat that lasted through the nights last summer. Our most recent thunderstorm left a significant amount of snow on Etna’s southwestern face – it was really strange to see a snow-covered peak on the drive home in July. We’ve been enjoying the mild temperatures in the evenings and happy to still get outside on the weekends. But, there’s always August and September to accommodate the typical Sicilian heat. We’ll see what comes next.
This weekend, I will take my phone and do a photoblog of my long distance run!