Looking back at my training logs from my last marathon (Fall 2012) it is amazing how much more base I have this time around. BTW, I love Running Ahead and how easy it is to keep track of my miles, miles on specific shoes, and to look back over the past weeks, months and years of training. In 2012, I was coming off a low key summer and did not have a base at all. I just jumped into the marathon training build. This time, I really focused on my base. Speed came next, while still putting in more miles.
When the doubt creeps in, I remind myself of this. I’ve compared long runs and weekly mileage and it really is a BIG difference this time. I have also done so much more core and other strength stuff. I sure hope all this is reflected in a big PR in 16 short days!!! :)