Things that I have learned or relearned thus far from training for a marathon:
– You will be hungry. Like all the time. Especially if you are like me and trying to lose weight and watch your eating while training (first weigh in next week!). Seriously. All. The. Time. And your coworkers will be awesome and evil and bring you things like this:
– It will hit you like a ton of bricks that training is exactly half mental and half physical, at least for me. My mental strength generally runs out a long time before my physical strength. My 4 mile treadmill run on Wednesday pushed me to the limits of my mental toughness. I did not want to run. I wanted to quit after every single mile. But I pushed through. I’m starting to remember that the mental part of training has always been the difficult part for me.
– The really good runs make it worth it though at this point. I ran 3 strong miles in perfect weather yesterday with my favorite running buddies. It made me remember why I’m doing this and exactly how much potential I have inside of me.
– This is not a re-learn, but a learning for the first time. My normal routine is to come home from a run and to stretch and do a couple of yoga moves. It’s a lot more difficult when you have two monsters at home who like to insert themselves into every stretch and core move that you do. Still learning how to get them to behave during mom’s stretching time.