September 10, 2014

Ten Commandments of Marathon Training

After feeling like the wheels were coming off my marathon training completely last week, I spent a lot of time reflecting.  I thought about why I signed up for Richmond; gave myself an honest assessment of my training to date; and thought about the commitment to run a marathon.  And not surprisingly, I have some thoughts to share.  But before I tell you about any attempts I'm making to remotivate myself and rededicate myself to my training, I wanted to share some conclusions I drew about marathon training.  And in true Christine fashion, I made a list...of commandments, if you will!


1. Thou shalt develop a training plan based on a realistic time (or finish) goal and then spend many hours daydreaming about a highly unrealistic time goal.

2. Thou shalt prepare thyself for weekend afternoons spent on the couch, binge-watching TV series on Netflix with ice packs and ibuprofen after long runs.

3. Thou shalt treat thy body like a temple, with ice baths, epsom salts, and massages.

4. Thou shalt not let thyself become a human garbage disposal, no matter how intense the runger may become.

5. Thou shalt spend extra time sleeping to help your body heal from the taxing training.

6. Thou shalt not expect to PR at 5ks during your marathon training...the speed will come another time.

7. Thou shalt spend many hours stretching, or with thy foam roller to tend to any aches and pains early.

8. Thou shalt become accustomed with early bed times and alcohol-free Saturday nights during marathon training season.

9. Thou shalt tell your friends "sorry, gotta run" more times than you would care to miss out on social events.

10. Thou shalt reap the benefits of 4-5 months of tedious training when you cross the finish line with arms raised in triumph of conquering 26.2 miles.

What would you add to this list?
{Christine}

19 comments:

  1. Oh I LOVE these commandments!!! Super cute!!!

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  2. Love the list, Christine! I especially love that you've pointed out that marathon training isn't the time for shorter distance PRs. There is a time for everything!

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  3. Hahaha, LOVE this! So true, marathon training is a completely different beast than training for a shorter distance, you really do need to adjust your lifestyle around it!

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  4. If it's a Fall marathon, binge watch football on Saturday and Sunday. I'm convinced that's why football is played on those days, so recovering runners can watch! Even if you sometimes have to record Game Day since it comes on ridiculously early like 9 AM on Saturday!

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    1. Yes, football is something we enjoy too....but 9AM on Saturday is a no no!

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  5. I absolutely love these!! I have the binge-watching Netflix post-long run down pat :0)

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  6. cute~ It's hard to not want to focus on short distance speed when marathon training!

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  7. great list and 100% true, except for me, i run on saturdays so it's no going out on friday nights...pretty much ever ;)

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    1. It's amazing how we have to forego social activities and we do so willingly.....

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  8. These are all so true. Sometimes I like doing a long run then it gives me an excuse to sit around for the rest of the day in my compression socks and foot massager watching tv.-L

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  9. Day dreaming about spending the afternoon on my couch binge watching Netflix is seriously the sole motivator that gets me through the last couple of miles on my long runs. I love your list. Best wishes for you! :)

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    1. Thanks Jamie.....thinking about binge watching TV can get either of us through a long run

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  10. Thou shalt read many a great running blog when in sore need [pun intended] of inspiration.

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  11. Love this! I'd add: "Thou shalt get to the starting line healthy. Echinacea, Emergen-C, Airborne, Vitamin C and other stay-healthy aids are your friends!" After 5 months of training last year, my marathon was totally derailed by a cold that wouldn't go away. NOT being sick on race day is my #1 goal this year!

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    1. Great tip Karla. I'm actually missing today since my leg/ankle don't feel quite right. Colds are awful on race day!

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  12. Thou shalt talk about the upcoming race to everyone... even those who don't want to hear about it.

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  13. Love this list. Fantastic. #4 is always so hard to not give into the runger.

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