Happy almost end of the week everyone!
I posted on Monday about some of the issues I’ve been having with training lately. After the weekend, I was not in a great place mentally with Delaware. I was pretty much ready to say I would never run another marathon (almost). I’m happy to report things have been going much better this week.
I’ll talk about it more later, but the biggest confidence boost for me was doing a mile repeat workout on Wednesday morning of 4 x 1 mile, for a total of 9 miles (with warm-up and cooldown). I was nervous about this workout with all the ankle/shin issues I’ve been having, but I decided to give it a try early in the morning before work (I knew I would not want to run 9 miles at the end of the day). I hit my goal splits and got the whole 9 miles done, all before 7 am. I was psyched.
In keeping with the theme of positive momentum, I thought I would share some of the songs that are favorites of mine in my marathon training playlist today. I know if you actually asked the artists of these songs what they are about, they (probably) wouldn’t say running. But I’m choosing to reinterpret for my own purposes. 🙂
“Me, Myself, and I” – G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha
Oh, it’s just me, myself and I –> perfectly exemplifies the solo training run
Solo ride until I die
‘Cause I got me for life…
Oh I don’t need a hand to hold
Even when the night is cold –> SO many cold runs with marathon training through the winter!
I got that fire in my soul –> What keeps you going when it gets hard
“Monster” – Imagine Dragons
I’m only a man with a candle to guide me
I’m taking a stand to escape what’s inside me –> When you run to release that ball of stress that forms over the course of a week
A monster, a monster
I’ve turned into a monster –> A really, really fast monster.
A monster, a monster
And it keeps getting stronger –> When you have that feeling that you’re getting stronger the longer you run
“Till I Collapse” – Eminem
And when you feel weak you feel like you want to just give up
And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you want to just fall flat on your face and collapse
I need them, mechanically make the words come out
They fight me, vigorous and angry, watch them pounce
Ignite me, licking at the flames they bring about…
Sneaking out the back door,
Make no sound
Knock me out, knock me out
Saying that I want more, this is what I live for
Where the wind don’t change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
No hope, just lies
And you’re taught to cry into your pillow –> Yep, there’s usually a point in the marathon where you just want to cry into a pillow.
But I survived
I’m still breathing
Way in the back of my mind –> That place you go in your mind when your legs start to ache and your lungs burn.
I saw my life in a stranger’s face
And it was mine.