The marathon is a beast ... not to be taken lightly! here are a few lessons that the beastly marathon taught me...
11 Lessons of the 26.2
1. Roller coaster of your life (emotions that is) I seriously COASTED my first 16 miles with the 3:50 pace group and felt amazing. THEN i hit the BRICK FREAKING WALL. Couldn't lift my legs and by mile 18 I was BAWLING. Yup...BAWLING. I thought I'm never going to finish. I thought I was a failure. I kept looking at my watch and thinking..ok if I finish this next mile in X amount of time I could MAYBE still get under 4 hours...
But you know what? I freaking finished. Tears of joy. Its no lie that running a marathon is like the ultimate hormonal roller coaster of emotions.
2. Always pee approximately 6 times before the start line. Nervous bladder is an understatement for me. And then I start running and feel like I still have to go...and then I think I sweat it out.
3. Signs can be either be super entertaining or highly discouraging..don't be one of THOSE fans. Dude don't ' you dare yell to someone that they are "almost there" at the 6 mile mark. OR tell them the WRONG mile mark. You will get the middle finger from me. But i DO love the hilarious signs..
4. You are a runner if you are tall, short, long legs, short legs, heavier, underweight, super young, middle aged, grey in the hair, no hair, fast, slow, SLOWER - if you are OUT there and you are moving...you are a runner. There is NO prototype.
5. Always drink sips even before you think you need it - and use your fuel (whatever that is) before you feel hungry. seriously..this is not a joke.
6. When they talk about the "victory meal" after your marathon and "food will NEVER taste so good!" - it might not happen - well at least right away... After my first marathon I thought my stomach was eating itself. Cramping and I curled up in a ball for hours unable to eat. Three days later came my victory meal: almost a full meat lovers Papa John's Large pizza...without any shame or being overly stuffed.
7. Patience. Patience. ... oh did i say PATIENCE? Just go. Stop thinking. Zone in. and start out so slow you are uncomfortable. You are going to be running for a LONG time. Give yourself time to get settled in. and let the crowd inspire you.
8. Just getting to the start line is a victory in itself. Seriously. You have come so far. Hours of training. All the shoes. All the fuel. All the planning. All the dedication. Be proud.
9. Feeling anxiety about the run? Research. I researched the CRAP out of my upcoming marathon. What to expect. Look at the course. Research marathon tips. Research fun things to do after.
10. When you are done you will probably say you will never do it again...and you are lying. AFter my first marathon I thought I was going to die about the last 7 miles. Seriously. Walked. Ran. Walked Ran. Just kept pushing. After my finish my mom said "So...when is the next one?!?!" and I replied WITHOUT hesitation.. "I think I'm good for a while..." Two years later I signed up for the Twin Cities on a whim.
11. Celebrate your finish by trying a new challenge - us runners are kinda weird and often have addictive personalities such as my own. The marathon was a challenge to me but running was also comfortable to me. What wasn't comfortable? Weight lifting. PiYo. Rest days. I'm accepting clients that are looking to maintain some running while also trying something new...email me - email@example.com
Your turn! What are your lessons learned and tips do you have to share?
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