Marathon Lesson #4 – Meet You

Marathon Lesson #4 – You will get to know yourself very well.

 

Hours on the open road have that effect on you. You will see what you’re made of. You’re asking a lot of your body and your mind and in some weird way you’re rewarded for that by getting to know your strengths and your limits. You will go through every thought in your head 437 times and then over again. It will be boring. It will be introspective. It will be insightful. It will be boring again.

 

Some days are better than others. On one long run I planned out my next 3 vacations and on another I sang Kiss The Girl (from The Little Mermaid) about 100 times. Yep, that’s the interesting monotony of running for hours.

Marathon Lesson #5 – I got sick of running

About two thirds of the way through my marathon training I got sick of running. I love running –  if I didn’t I probably shouldn’t have signed up to run 26.2 miles! Anyways, I stopped loving running. I was not looking forward to my long runs anymore. They used to be an escape, a time for me to do nothing but run and think. But, when those runs started to get higher and higher in mileage I looked at them as a chore. Thing like, “This is bullshit” went through my head while running. I was really disappointed with this because I never wanted my hobby, running, to turn into anything negative. I don’t have any advice on how to get over this if it happens to you L More than anything I just had to deal with it and keep running.

Training for a marathon is not all fun – if it was, everyone would do it.