Heyyy! Sorry for the missed post yesterday; I am in D.C. for work and well, when you are traveling + working + everything in between, something has to give. At least I got to enjoy some amazing views on my run yesterday:
Which brings me to today’s topic for Running Coaches’ Corner… I am 72 hours away from my next marathon (!!!) and I can tell you that I did not envision that this would have me 1,1100+ miles away from home, living in a hotel room with little to no access to water (unless you buy) and standing for 12+ hours a day… but, that’s life.
And, I honestly think that’s the point of marathon training.
Marathon training may seem like it lasts forever (I personally like the 12 week option) and that’s partially because it needs to train your body for more than just having solid endurance. Endurance is obviously an important part of marathon training (and perhaps one of the things I love most about being a runner), but there is more to it than that.
I think, when you are juggling a career and a personal life while training, there will inevitably be bumps along the way. You’ll get sick, have a major work deadline or just be too tired to rock training. And while it may not build up your physical fitness, it definitely does a number on your mental ability to conquer 26.2 miles.
So, what happens when it’s not as planned?
Take a deep breath and create a new plan. Adjust to what’s in front of you.
Because, even when it comes to marathon day, there are still elements that are out of your control. The weather (grr). The crowd (running + cheering). How your body feels. Your mental state.
So, the instability of marathon training can be a benefit. It can teach you that no matter what comes your way, you can overcome it and hit your goal.
I think this is true of life in some senses too (seriously, I’ve learned so many running lessons that can relate back to life)… in that you can have the best plan in front of you, but stuff will get in the way. And instead of worrying or stressing about the plan not coming true, you can take a deep breath and just go with it. And see what happens next. Sometimes that makes it more exciting.
What do you do when things don’t go as planned? What part of training do you think helps with marathon day?
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