I’m supposed to be a real bitch right now. At least, that’s what all my running pals told me would happen when I cut back my mileage. The “taper tantrums” would take over. The jogging withdrawal would make me feel impatient, uneasy, restless. I’d be dying to lace up and get out there again.
I feel great. I ran 15k this morning—my last long run of training—and now, I just feel happy. Yes, happy that I only have to put myself through the torture of one more LSD (the race itself, next Saturday(!!!)), but, less pessimistically, just happy with myself. My training is basically finished (just a few 5k runs left to keep me limber) and I’m kind of proud of what I’ve accomplished.
I’ve traded my snooze-button habits for 5:30am wakeup calls. I’ve worked out six days a week, and never skipped a single session—hangovers and heat warnings notwithstanding. I’ve covered so much ground in Toronto and discovered beautiful beaches, parks and streets, all lit golden by the rising sun.
I recently caught myself saying, “Good, it was only 8k,” when my boyfriend asked how a Monday morning run went. Only 8k? I never would have said that nine weeks ago, let alone decide that a jog is a good way to start my week.
I spent my summer focused on what my body can do, and not how it looks. I even ate pasta for f*ck’s sake.
I’ve made new friends. I’ve inspired my boyfriend (he’s contemplating his first half this fall). I’ve learned about every damn thing that goes into running—and used that knowledge to make me better.
Most of all, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. And that’s what I had set out to do. At the start of this, Canadian 800m sprinter Melissa Bishop—who’s on her way to Rio right now—shared her favourite quote with me: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I’m by no means a sucker for motivational sayings, but hearing this inspiring-as-hell woman speak was the push I needed. She’s considered Canada’s best-ever female 800m sprinter and one of our most hopeful medal contenders. Unlike her, the only medal I have a shot of bringing home is the participant one everybody gets, but I already feel like I’ve won a hell of a lot.
Catch up with Caitlin:
Caitlin’s Marathon Training Diary — Week 1
Caitlin’s Marathon Training Diary — Week 2
Caitlin’s Marathon Training Diary — Week 3
Caitlin’s Marathon Training Diary — Week 4
Caitlin’s Marathon Training Diary — Week 5
Caitlin’s Marathon Training Diary — Week 6
Caitlin’s Marathon Training Diary — Week 7