I start my official marathon training in a little over a month so I’m obsessed with trying to find any info on marathon training and the things I might experience.
I know everyone is different and just because Sally said she followed “this” running plan and got her PR doesn’t mean that I will. But at the same time it’s nice to feel like you’re not alone, that this isn’t an impossible endeavor and that when you finish you’ll get to join this exclusive club – the Marathon Finisher’s Club (they really should come up with a more creative name).
If you just type “marathon” into Pinterest the pins you find will be so random you won’t know where to start.
It never ends! I found this article on Women’s Running that I thought was really insightful . Even though this woman had her own experiences at her own race, a lot of her points resonated with me.
When I crossed the finish line of my first marathon, I was completely overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with thanks for my family for being there with me, overwhelmed with pride for becoming a marathoner and overwhelmed with lessons I knew I needed to write down before I made the same mistakes twice in marathon #2.
A few of my favorites:
6. Tell your people that this is important to you. Tell them you need cheerleaders. Tell them to Google marathon spectator signs. Marathons are huge accomplishments—find a reason to celebrate before, during and after.
8. The beer at the beer tent makes the hurt better. (they probably won’t have beer at the Disney Marathon…sad day.)
14. Setting a goal is a good way to keep yourself on pace and in line in the beginning. Once you’ve been running for 3 hours it’s okay to throw expectations out the window.
You’re curios about those spectator signs in number 6 aren’t you? I was too.
These kill me, they’re perfect! I hope I see some great signs during my race. When the pain is getting the best of me, a laugh will help take my mind off of it. I can’t wait to have my own 26.2 list to write after I finish my marathon in January!
A few things I have already learned since committing to running my first marathon:
1. I have some really amazing family and friends who have been so supportive even before I really begin this journey. I know they’ll be there to push and encourage me when I feel like this is too hard.
2. My mental game is NOT strong. I’m my worst enemy – my own brain impedes my progress more than any injury ever could. I’m trying to find ways to get over my mental obstacles.
3. I think I have tender-toes (you know, like someone who is tender-headed when they brush their hair?). My toes, particularly the tops of my toes, get really sore and blister after even a 6 mile run. What’s up with that?
4. I’m very grateful that I chose a winter marathon. Living in the south I don’t think there is any way that I could train for a fall marathon. Running outside – what is that?
Side Note – I think I’ve found my little ‘motivation mantra’ that I need to have constantly on repeat during my run: Keep Going. If you just keep going, you will get there. I’m going to test it out for the next few weeks.
A little Pop Playlist to get you through your Thursday…
Just some feel-good stuff for a fun run!
Any insights from readers who have run a marathon before?
Can you come up with a funny marathon motivation sign?
What are your Thursday Tunes?