My marathon training doesn’t even start until January, but I’m already starting to worry about the amount of time it’s going to take up in my life. And I hate to say it, but I think I’m actually regretting my decision to register for the race. I’m feeling trapped by the commitment. I’m already thinking that after this I’ll never sign up for a race again.
The thing is, it’s not even that much more time than I’m running right now. Yes, my long runs are longer, but the training plan I selected (from Marathon Training Academy – excellent podcast) only has three runs a week, vs the four I’m supposed to be doing in the half marathon plan I’m following now.
I think my problem is being burnt out on training, period. I’m looking forward to being finished this half marathon, and then simply running to maintain my base until January. Hopefully the pressure-free maintenance runs will be the break I need, and I’ll start marathon training with some more mental resilience.