Marathon Training For Dummies – Week 2

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:

Donuts

Yes, that is bacon on a doughnut. And yes, it was delicious.

eat-all-the-things

Eat all the things!

– 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.

Treadmill collage

Less than happy post treadmill run. And wow, I make some really weird faces.

– 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.

dogs walking 2

By far my best running buddies. They never complain and are always happy!

– 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.

Yoga dogs

All up in my grill the entire time I’m stretching. Goofball dogs.

Happy Friday!


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Marathon Training For Dummies – Week 2 — 12 Comments

  1. Waitaminute.. bacon on a donut?! Oh. Em. Gee.

    Ok sorry was distracted by bacon and donuts.

    Sorry about that tough run but you pushed through and did it. That right there tells me that you really are mentally strong! And glad you had such a good run to follow the bad one!

    You’re doing great! Keep up the good work!

    • Grandma’s Marathon up in MN at the end of June. I was originally supposed to do it with a friend, but she bailed on me!

  2. I remember being starving all the time when I was running more! And the mental toughness part is by far harder for me. Love those running buddies! I love/hate when my dog stops to pee bc I do like an excuse for a break.

    The first ride was at Busch Wildlife in Weldon Spring. The second one started near Defiance and Augusta.

    • Thanks for the trail names! I’ve run in wheldon springs a couple of time, but don’t think I have done Busch Wildlife. I may have to hit that up in the coming weekends with good weather!

  3. Get them a nice bone like a big rawhide, something that will take them a bit to eat, but they only get it when they go lay on their beds while you stretch. A tasty alternative to having your undivided attention for as long as it takes you to stretch. Or else start doing some doga and incorporate them in the routine! 😉

    • That’s a great idea! Now just to figure out how to keep them from bringing me their bone to share while stretching :p

  4. Ha! I hear you on eat all the things. I feel like I do nothing but stuff food down my throat when I’m running 40+ miles a week. I’ve totally given up on losing weight and am just trying to maintain. I’ll worry about the weight when my races are over.

    • If I’m this bad while running 20-25 miles per a week, I don’t even want to know what it will be like when I ramp up to 40+! My grocery bill will be insane!

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