As a caveat to this- I don’t know much about running and certainly don’t claim to be an expert by any means. However, I learned a lot whilst training for my first marathon- both personally and about my sport. So here’s my take on lessons learned.
- You’re capable of more than you think
- Tempo miles are never going to be fun, no matter how good you get
- Fuel is so so important. You can’t train for a marathon on shitty nutrition and expect to be performing optimally
- Good shoes make a whole lot of difference
- Sometimes I can’t be bothered is a perfectly valid excuse, especially when it comes to things that aren’t training-related
- Comparison is a thing of evil
- Self-care is always important
- Maybe, just maybe, accomplishing something great is more important than the number on the scale
- I get on really well with having a structured training plan and schedule
- Having a goal is a great motivator
- That goal should be audacious and hairy
- Taking time out of training is equally important as logging the miles
- Making sure to see friends does a lot for your mood
- When socializing during training, it helps to pick events that involve being sat down
- Sometimes taking a day off to sleep is just necessary
- You know it’s going to be hard, but you can’t quite appreciate how hard
- Your feet are going to look gross
- Some days, you’ll just feel gross
- Investing in pretty workout clothes or manicures will help you feel a little bit more human
- It will be the best of times
- And the worst of times
- Hissy fits in the loos at work are completely acceptable. You’re putting yourself through a whole lot.
- Keeping snacks handy at all times works wonders for hunger
- Some days, the brain fog will get too much
- And on those days, you just need to write everything down
- You need to make sure your friends are on board to support you, even when you’re cranky
- Check your crankiness. Take a step back when you’re moody and stop (and/or apologise)
- Playlists, podcasts and audiobooks will become your best friends
- Getting used to racing is really important. I wish I’d raced more during training.
- Training helped me get through the dark of winter (I’m a summer baby!)
- Procrastination doesn’t actually get the job done
- You have to get used to being out of your comfort zone
- Invest in your running shoes, but don’t leave it too late (like I did!)
- Don’t try to be everything and do everything during your training season. Sacrifices will have to be made.
- Having short term goals and rewards really helps – for me, cinema trips and eBay splurges
- Make your morning routine idiot proof- I essentially did a capsule wardrobe (accidentally), and wore m hair in the same style for 2 weeks straight
- Celebrate your successes
- Laugh at your failures
- Surround yourself with people who get it
- Instagram is a great source of inspiration
- Lunchtime and morning runs are great. They free up your evening so you can see your friends (or zonk out in front of Netflix)
- Don’t overdo it! I was definitely overtrained on race day
- Make sure you don’t set your alarm to silent on race day (I definitely did this…)
- Do your strength training and listen to your physio
- Everything will hurt
- Some runs will suck, and some will be the embodiment of awesome
- Nice shower gel and body scrubs will make you feel a world better
- Some days, there is not enough coffee in the world
- Self-doubt happens
- But so does awesomeness. You got this!
Do you have anything to add to this?
Lots of love,
2 thoughts on “50 Things I Learned Whilst Training for a Marahon”
That goal should be audacious and hairy… that does it for me!
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