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I am 42 and I started running about a year ago from a background of moderate fitness form hiking. At least I thought I was moderately fit until I tried to run!!
I followed a run/walk plan and was over the moon when I could run without any walking.
My original goals were to do a under 2 hour half marathon then progress to just get round a full marathon.
Since starting I have had numerous training plans and am currently working towards a GNR plan, But my goals have now changed.
I have managed a 1:35 Half marathon, 42 min 10k and 19 min 5k so better than I had first hoped-I am working towards a 1:32 plan for the GNR and then planning on looking for a sub 3:30 plan for the London Marathon.
I am running 6 times a week around 50 miles per week, as I progress and my goals get more ambitious I am getting more and more obsessed with running, I even have a new goal now of a good for age time for the London marathon (around 3:15 I think).
I do have a OCD personality ( so I am told!) but my questions are,
is it normal to;
Beat yourself up if you miss a training session? Run 6 times a week? Constantly keep revaluating your goals? Never just think yes I have done that now let’s relax and enjoy running?
For example I am going camping for a couple of nights this weekend my overriding thought is- I am going to miss a training run, how will that effect me- when it should be looking forward to the weekend away with my wife.
I am worried I am against the clock as far as my age goes and if I don’t push myself now as I get older I will find it more and more difficult to achieve my goals/pb’s . But I am also aware that as training becomes more and more difficult my love for running is reducing- I absolutely love a 10 mile or so run at steady pace (7:50 min mile) in the country but after wonder if I should have run harder- But then on the other hand I ran 8 miles @ 6.50 pace last night didn’t “enjoy” the run but was pleased after that I had done it.
Why does it matter so much to me if I run 1:30 or 1:45 for a HM or 3:15 or 3:55 for a marathon? My none running family/friends just think good on you for running that distance-why can’t I think like that- it is not as if my times are ever going to put me in with a chance of even an age group win!
Sorry about this rambling long post-I guess I am looking for people out there to say yes I felt like that and I do this........................................