As a Manulife employee, I have the opportunity to enter an internal lottery for a limited number of Boston Marathon race bibs. Manulife operates as John Hancock in the U.S. and has been the marathon’s principal sponsor for the last 31 years. As I shared in a previous post, I made it off the wait list in late January and decided to run the marathon without previously having run anything more than 5k.
By: Mayoli Weidelich
Up until a week ago training had been going great. I didn’t really mind running in subzero temperatures or the fact that my muscles were hating me because . I’m running the Boston Marathon and it’s worth it! That was the case, at least, until I ran my first half marathon. I came back from the run feeling proud, exhilarated and exhausted. And then, while I was stretching and recovering, reality hit: this is just half.
I couldn’t imagine mustering enough energy and strength to run the same distance I had just ran, back-to-back! For the first time since I started training I felt like maybe I had taken on too much. Like maybe, running a full marathon with less than 3 months to train was the worst idea I had ever had.
The feeling hasn’t completely gone away and it has made training a little bit harder. It takes twice as much effort to get out and run because that initial excitement and euphoria I had when the opportunity first presented itself has dwindled down and insecurity is trying to take its place.
I have 48 days to train and those final 21 kilometers seem unattainable and impossible, however, at an event hosted by Manulife, Greg Meyer told us that when we get anxious on race day we should look back on our training and know that we can do this. It’s not race day (yet!) but I put his advice into action and it has definitely helped squash some of my insecurities. I mean, a month ago I hadn’t run more than 5 k and this past Sunday I went just over 25!
People always say “mind over matter” but in this case I think it’s more matter over mind. My mantra has become – “look how far you’ve gotten. You got this!” Friends, colleagues and family have also been amazing and have kept me pushing forward.
I am sure as the event gets closer the excitement will hit again and I will be on cloud nine but until then, I would love to know if you have felt bumps like this in your training and how if so, how have you gotten over them?