Marathon training takes a lot of time, not to mention physical and mental energy. In peak weeks, regardless of your mileage, it can be all-consuming. Sometimes, I pause and reflect. And I realize, marathon training is a lot of, well, training, but it’s a lot of other things, too.
Marathon training is …
- Foam rolling in the dark at 6 a.m., trying not to wake up the whole house, while eating an almond butter and honey sandwich before your long run.
- Realizing 12 hours later that you dripped honey from said sandwich on the floor.
- Chafing on your butt from a gel tucked in a poorly designed pocket.
- Chafing on your butt from the elastic in your shorts liner.
- Realizing your toenail is broken straight across and that there’s another toenail already underneath — and not thinking that’s weird at all.
- Eating your lunch before 10:30 a.m.
- Knowing your hair is 90% dry shampoo.
- Starting your long run outside, getting hit by a monsoon, wringing out your clothes in the swimsuit spinner, putting the clothes back on to run on the treadmill for 3 miles, then going back outside for the last 2 miles. (True story.)
- Buying new compression socks because you have too much time on your hands during taper, and wishing it was boot season so you could wear them underneath.
- Thinking a good Saturday night involves foam rolling and Epsom salt baths
- Getting creative. Runs in the dark. Runs on the treadmill. Running during your lunch break and not showering for the rest of the workday. Running during a kid’s soccer practice. Literally running your errands. Hiring a babysitter for your long run. Pushing a jog stroller, or a double jog stroller, or a triple. Whatever it takes, you JFR.
- Buying BodyGlide more often than deodorant.
- Knowing the person whose hands have been on you the most lately is not your significant other — it’s totes your massage therapist, chiropractor, physical therapist, or maybe all of the above.
- Being thankful for all the things you see #ontherun — gorgeous sunrises, meteor showers, fall foliage.
- Realizing you suddenly went from “just keep at it for X more weeks” to “Holy cow, I only have X weeks left!”
Tell us what reminds you that you’re in marathon mode below, or use #marathontrainingis on social media. If you’re racing soon, best wishes!