Running marathon happy

This week has been the first ‘proper’ week of training for marathon number two. Or really, it’s been the first week of trying to get the love for running back.

I’ve really felt the pressure recently and have dreaded running. This is absolutely not the point.

Last marathon training cycle, I was running away from something. I was using the runs and the structure to cope with heartbreak. I really enjoyed the entire four month process, but I also needed it.

This time around, I am happy at the start of it all, rather than hoping to discover happiness along the way.

As an amazing friend keeps reminding me, we run because we love it, because we enjoy it. If it’s not bringing us joy, then something has to change.

I’ve been running a while now and I know what works and what doesn’t work for me.

I don’t like running before work, with a rucksack, or on trails, and I often struggle running with people much faster than I am.

I love running in the evenings, along the Thames, at the track and I know which of my running buddies suit my pace best.

I’m not going to put pressure on myself to train in a way I can’t achieve and I’m going to do lots of the other things I like that aren’t running.

I want to try for a half marathon PB at Brighton the month before the marathon, but other than that, I don’t have a time goal for the race itself. Running 26.2 is enough of an achievement.

If I get to 15th March having had a good time for the past four months, having not got too stressed out and having successfully run my second marathon, I will be proud with what I have accomplished.


  1. 1st December 2014 / 7:52 AM

    Reading this is making me very happy. I am glad that you’ve found your running mojo again.

  2. 1st December 2014 / 8:20 AM

    Good luck for marathon #2. Figuring out what you enjoy and what works for you is a great starting point. I think you definitely have the right mindset going into the start of training.

  3. 1st December 2014 / 9:37 PM

    Definitely the way to go! All about the enjoyment, otherwise it isn’t worth it! Good luck with training!

  4. tessietickle
    4th December 2014 / 8:25 AM

    Definitely the way to go lovely. I’m gonna supplement my running with lots of cross training to make sure I don’t lose the love and get injured. My body doesn’t like it when I run too much so I have to be careful not to piss it off.

    Which marathon are you doing? I’m doing Brighton and Fort William next year, and I’ll see you at the start of Brighton Half for a PB 🙂

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