the last 4 or 5 weeks of marathon training
I definitely want to show how beautiful the marathon can be. I am the opponent of all those who find the marathon bad: the psychologists, the physiologists, the doubters. I make the marathon beautiful for myself and for others. That's why I'm here. ~ Uta Pippig
This is a beautiful point in your half or full marathon training program ~ you will have covered possibly the furthest distance you will run until race day and can see your goal coming to reality! But this is also a time when doubt begins to set in ~ you probably feel the most 'exhausted' you've felt during your training and wonder if you will be able to achieve your goal. Your goal should not change in the last couple weeks. Your approach in the last month is just as important as the past 10 weeks of training, but our motivation and fears have changed with the approaching race date. How do we refocus our energy?
If you have been following a structured training program, and you have matched the purpose of your training sessions, even if you missed a couple days, don't worry, you are not over- or under- trained. All of us become doubtful of our training at some point, so it is important to develop the skills to overcome these fears. Here are some reminders I use to deal with my own doubts:
1. The bulk of your training is done. Our bodies have adapted over the past 10 to 12 weeks to our training program, and though we won't see it until race day, you are physiologically ready to accomplish your goal. Look back at your training, and congratulate yourself!