Marathon training means so many different things to me. After having run six marathons I'm still discovering what it is all about.
I know that it is slow and steady long runs, fast tempo workouts and steep hills. It's endurance, power and speed. It's diet, nutrition and hydration.
But it is more...
It's peaceful runs out in the beauty of nature. It's running for the sheer joy of running. It’s training not only your body but also your mind. It's the feeling of accomplishment, passion and discovery.
It's meeting new people and making new friends, it's anxious pre-race nights and thrilling early mornings.
It's blisters and sores, it's old shoes and new. It's starting lines and finish lines and everything in between.
It's the difference between feeling good and feeling that we need to do something. It's being able to eat that fifth chocolate chip cookie.
It's bringing out the best in yourself so that you can give others your best.
It's fun, it's exhausting, it's complicated, it's exciting.
It's hard but it is worth every ounce of effort.
The pride, the achievement, the sense of accomplishment after completing a marathon more than makes up for all those weeks of training and sacrifice that you put under those beloved running shoes.
It’s something that only you can define and that might even begin to define you.
That is the marathon, that is running....that and so much more!
To put it simply, it's the movement of your skeletal muscles back and forth for the duration of 26.2 miles. But then again, is it really? I think it runs (excuse the pun) much deeper.
And so I ask, "What does it mean to you?".
How do you get there? How do you get to the finish line of a marathon? How do you run and train your body for 26.2 miles?
In these pages you can find and learn all about the "how to":
...and just about everything you need to step across that finish line.
Trust me, you won't regret your decision to run a marathon whether its your first or one hundreth. If you put in the time and the effort you will reap the rewards and prove to yourself that you can do anything.
But while we are on the topic, "Why trust me?".
Running has truly shaped who I am. I started running marathons when I was in 9th grade. The joy, the serenity, and the passion that it gave me has everything to do with who I am now. No, I'm not saying I'm some wonderfully, perfect person (ask my husband, *wink), but I can honestly say that I am happier with running in my life. (Again, ask my husband.)
With multiple races and marathons under my belt, I could not stop at the finish line and so earned a degree in Kinesiology (Sneezy, what?!) with a focus in Exercise Science (does that help? :-)).
I love, love, love the sport and the fantastic group of people that it draws. So say hi and stick around, which I know can't be forever since we all have some running to do!
Remember that as Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”.Commit yourself to your running and the marathon and use his adage in a positive light, “Successfully preparing is preparing for success.”
You will succeed if you train properly. And in doing so you will find an incredible outlet that you can enjoy for many years to come.
You won't be able to help that running really brings out the best that you have to offer.
So lace up your running shoes, hit the road and discover or keep discovering the joys of running and marathon training!
It's time to run!
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