I am on my third week of marathon training and I think I’ve quit about seven times. I actually quit before I started. The few days before I decided I couldn’t do it because I was so tired all the time. I actually missed my first two or three days because I didn’t think I could do it.

I thought about it and decided I needed to at least attempt it. If I didn’t try I would never know if I could run a marathon. I would rather try and fail over never trying. I started a few days late, but I started.

I actually did fairly well on week two. I felt good and hit almost all my workouts. Week three has been a different story. I couldn’t find the energy Monday or Tuesday. I was beyond exhausted and wanted to give up again. I’m not, but I need to figure out a better way to do the weekly workouts.

I think what I will do is switch Friday and Sunday. My current plan has a short run on Fridays and rest on Sunday. I am so tired by the end of the week, I can’t get myself out the door. My half plan from last year had a run on Sunday instead of Friday and I was always able to do that. I also have more energy on Sundays since I don’t have to go to work.

My other thought is to run before work on Monday and Wednesday. I currently run after work but by the time I get home I just want to collapse on the couch. My current work schedule is 7 am to 4:30 pm but I figure I can just go in late on Monday and Wednesday. It wouldn’t matter how tired I was after work because I wouldn’t have to do anything.

I do want to run a marathon, but I have some mental and physical demons to battle. I will fight through best I can and make adjustments as needed.

How have you gotten through marathon training?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.