With the new year comes folks resolving to eat better, workout more, stress less…and of course make a long list of resolutions…that sometimes they may or may not keep. But…I do have a few friends that have told me they’re interested in training for a marathon! Which to me is an exciting endeavor to embark on. I can surely tell you that running has changed my life for the better. So I’ve complied a list of some things you’ll learn while training for 26.2…and here they are in no particular order.
-Training is a commitment.
There are so many wonderful training programs out there. I recommend checking out Hal Higdon’s programs as they have plans for every level…novice included. It makes it so much easier when you have something to follow and tell you what to do everyday. But yes…without a doubt it’s a commitment. Which means…yeah you’re going to have to forgo some of those Friday nights out having margaritas and tacos. Because it may not just sit well with your 20 mile run the next day. Not that I have experience with that or anything.
-Strength training/yoga/massages make all the difference.
I am a big advocate of cross training, strength training, and all of the things that make you a balanced well rounded athlete and runner. Usually your training plan will reserve a day or two for cross training and/or REST. Please utilize these things. And yes…massages are my happy place. I get them once a month and use my flex account/benefits at work. Look into it. It’s a life saver.
-Nutrition/eating right matters.
You’ll quickly learn what does and does not sit well with you as a distance runner. Your body starts craving and wanting more wholesome, fresh foods and less of the processed stuff. Typically I eat light before a run (almond butter or peanut butter on a piece of toast, for example) but post run I enjoy eggs, yogurt and some good protein mixed with complex carbohydrates. Here’s a good list of foods for runners.
-Yes…sometimes your weekends will be all about the long run. I kind of love it.
-It helps having friends to do it with.
When I first started training having a running group of friends really held me accountable. I definitely recommend finding a group in your community of supportive, awesome runners and you will usually build lifelong friendships that way.
-Coffee…yeah it just tastes better. Especially after running out in the cold.
-You will have more running shoes and clothes than real people clothes. Just trust me on this one.
-You will without a doubt…be a happier, more loving person after that run. Yes, this is true.
What are some things you’ve learned while training for a marathon?