One of the things I love about running a marathon is the marathon training. If I didn’t love it, well, it would make me a very miserable person for 10+ weeks.
If you’re considering running a marathon, make sure you’re also considering training for a marathon.
What I mean is, while there are those rare people who probably can just wake up and run a marathon (and probably BQ too just to add insult to the rest of us mortals), most of us have to train for a marathon. And while the marathon is one day, marathon training will shape your life for the next 10-20 weeks. That’s a big commitment. Let’s take a look at some of what it entails….
There will be days where you turn down those office cookies because you’re marathon training and you want better fuel for your impeding run. There will be other days where you will eat 3 office cookies and anything else not nailed down because runger (runner-hunger) is real.
There will be the days you save money because you had to turn down a late night out with friends because of an early morning run the next day. There will also be the days when you spend that saved money on gu for your long run and new running shoes for all your many logged miles.
There will be the days you love running – those days when you can’t wait to run, when you don’t want to stop, when you finish your long run and then 5 minutes later wonder why you’re not still running and if throwing on a couple extra miles would throw off your training schedule. There will also be the days when everything hurts, all you want to do is take a nap, and you wonder what masochistic tendency made you voluntarily sign up to do this.
There will be the days you strength-train and feel good. There will be also be the days when you don’t strength train because why lift and make yourself sore for your run later when you could get in some extra miles now?
There will be the days when it’s hard to fit in a run – whether because of work or studies or relationships, you may have to get up at 4am to get those miles. There will also be the days when you get to go out to your favorite trail and can take however long you want for your long run, your stretching afterwards, and the nap when you pass out when you get home.
There will be the days when you spend more time clipping your toenails than any other personal hygiene. There will also be the days when you shower multiple times.
(I’m sparing you any picture of runner’s feet. Let’s face it – it’s not pretty.)
There will be the days when other people wonder if you do anything besides run. There will be the days when you wonder this too.
There will be the days of doubt. There will be the days of confidence.
And then, ultimately, there will be the day when you run 26.2 miles. And all of it, the good, the bad, and the strange, becomes worth it.