I’ve mentioned a few times that the Advanced Marathoning training plan is one of the toughest ones I’ve ever done before. I ran it the first time I qualified for Boston back in ’09 and tried it once in NYC, but ended up revising to make my own because I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it. 

That being said, I LOVE the training plan. It fits my running style and running personality to a T. I love that there are some tough workouts and that it builds a great base… most of the workouts focus on building distance. After all, we all know that running more = faster times. 

But as great as that is, there are some definite side effects I’m feeling from this marathon training cycle. Maybe it’s just getting older or the fact that life seems to be a bit busier than a few years ago. 


>>> Mornings are hard.

I’ve never been a morning person. 



And when it comes to mornings during marathon training? Fuhgeddaboutit. Yesterday morning I just did not want to get out of bed. So I didn’t. And made it into a rest day instead of this morning. But that’s why you have rest days… because then you can switch things around (within reason) and make it work for what makes your body happy. 


>>> What do you mean I just got to work? 

After a 5:30 a.m. 10-mile run and getting to work around 8:15 a.m., I often need to pause and just take a deep breath. The morning feels like a whirlwind and it feels like I’ve already lived a full day. Thinking about it makes me too exhausted, so I only allow myself a deep breath. And a big glass of Nuun Energy


>>> All the hanger. 

I finally hit that point in marathon training where you are hungry about 75% of the time. The other night we bought pizza from my favorite place in Austin. 



And after a garlic knot and two slices… I was content. Not full, content. Non-marathon training days would mean I was stuffed to the brim and couldn’t even think about food again. There are some definite pros and cons to hanger… lots of cons when you forget to pack snacks. For you and everyone around you. 


>>> So much thirst.

Yeah, I think this might have to do with marathon training in the middle of an Austin summer… when I don’t think the temperature dips below 70*. Either way, water has never tasted so good. I drink so much water, without even having to try. It’s awesome for the most part, but the undying thirst gets annoying at times. 


>>> New BFFs.

Such a love-hate relationship. 

crazyrunninggirl.foamroller{have you met my friend, Enso? Could not live without it.}


>>> Feeling like a jerk. 

Running takes a lot of time, and marathon training takes a lot more time. And then there are the required naps on a Saturday afternoon… the ones that I must have in order to function. So, sometimes it’s hard not to feel like a jerk… even though you know you wouldn’t be happy without all that running. 


With all that being said, the side effects are definitely worth it… powering through to hopefully hit my goal time for NYC Marathon. 


What are some side effects you experience from marathon training or running in general? 

Are you a morning person? Night person? Neither? 

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