Week 3 of marathon training complete! (Only 21 more to go, but who’s counting?) Apparently, this is a crucial point when starting a serious training program; a lot of runners would have bounced by now, so if you too have made it this far WOOHOO! Go ahead, acknowledge your awesomeness.
The hardest part of training for any endurance event is consistency. First, you establish a routine, commit, develop the habit. Then, it’s just putting in the miles — over and over and over. In the weeks ahead no one but you will know all the work you put in: the early mornings, the hours spent in your running shoes (rain or shine), the blisters, the ice baths, the dreaded foam rolling — and is it just me, or does anyone else feel as though you’re perpetually sweaty? Marathon training = FOREVER UNCLEAN!
Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated when you’re accountable to just you. When I was training for my first marathon, I ran those 15-16-17-18-19 mile long runs solo and it was a STRUGGLE. I was constantly editing my training plan to account for slacking off or poor logistics planning. Spotty training lead to a rocky start on race day; if I hadn’t been called out for walking at mile four (mile four!? yes, the shame!), it would’ve been a very different, defeated marathon. Moral of the story: BE CONSISTENT!
So the next time you’re thinking about skipping a day’s run or cutting a long one short, or wondering if it’s all even worth it, remember these words from Muhammad Ali. Because right now no one sees how great you are, but on race day you better believe everyone will!
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