My next marathon is in about 3 weeks. This will be my second marathon of the year and so it feels like this year there have been a lot of long runs and side effects from marathon training.
My 26.2 side effects of marathon training.
2. You do weird things like set your alarm clock for ridiculous times so that you can fit in 20 miles into your day.
3. To go with above picture.. you start getting ready for bed just a tad bit early… 8:08 p.m.
4. Your two year old gets really confused when you put on a real pair of shoes and not your running shoes.
5. You will spend a good amount of time each week preparing an amazing playlist for your next long run.
6. As your mileage increases each week, your need for quality couch time will also increase.
7. You will want to eat all of the food.
8. You will eat all of the carbs.
9. You begin having a new category in your budget each month for running gear—> shoes, fuel, clothing, socks, races etc.
10. You will bare your soul and deepest thoughts with your running partners during the hours and hours of training together.
11. You may experience many dreams at night about running/race day/training/injuries and anything else involving running.
12. Your feet will be really pretty by the end of a marathon training cycle;)
13. When you get in the shower after a long run you will quickly realize exactly where you chaffed during your long run.
14. Sitting in a tub (or river) of ice is recommended!?!? That is just weird:)
15. You start saying ridiculous things like, ‘I JUST have 14 miles to run tomorrow.’ Just and 14 miles should never be in the same sentence.
16. You will learn very quickly that there are days that your runs will feel AMAZING and days that your runs feel anything BUT amazing.
17. You start to become an expert on all of the different flavors of gu and you eventually will realize that the Salted Caramel flavor is the best.
18. You will start noticing that as you are driving around town you are thinking about how the road you are on would or would not be a good addition to your running routes.
19. You become an expert on every drinking fountain within a 10 mile radius of you.
20. The tan lines. Oh the tan lines.
21. Your mental toughness increases 400%
22. You realize you have muscles that you never knew existed. You find these muscles because the morning after a long/tough run they will be incredibly sore.
23. You choose water or gatorade over diet coke. I know, insanity.
24. Your phone will be full of garmin/runfie/sweaty/trail pictures.
25. Each week you will get a little bit stronger and a little bit closer to your goals.
26.2—> Once race day comes and you cross that finish line, all of these side effects are worth it.
Off to go conquer 20 miles today!!!!
See you soon. Hopefully.