Marathon Training is …

Chicory asleep in her running clothesMarathon season is here! Marathon season is here! It’s still too damn hot for boots and scarves, but with Twin Cities this weekend, it’s my favorite time of year! (Sorry-not-sorry, spring races.)

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!

Started running in my early 20s and ended up running my first marathon 15 months later. Managed to break 3 hours in my 12th marathon. Pilates instructor passionate about the importance of your powerhouse in running and the mind/body connection. One husband, zero kids, mama to one Australian Shepherd.

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7 comments

  1. This. Is. Awesome – “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.”

    Lately my marathon training starts at “only x weeks to go” because I’ve still been in tri season and overlapping seasons kinda downplays “marathon training starts TODAY”

  2. beer (aka early morning run killers) getting stale in the fridge or giving them away because I hear them calling from the fridge “drink me I’m delicious” is getting to loud and constant.

  3. While I’m not at the point where I am ready for marathon training again, this made me miss it…seriously though…this list is all the things that make me love marathon training, the good and the bad!