Tomorrow’s the big day: the first day of training for my second marathon!
It’s not the biggest deal in the world. We’ve done this before. But it feels so fresh and exciting. Let me be excited!
I know how hard it’s going to be but, like last year, one day and one workout at a time. This year I’m going to put more focus on being able to have FUN during training. It was hard last year because it was my first time and everything needed to go absolutely perfectly no questions asked with no deviation from THE PLAN.
Well. We all know how that goes. Of course we deviated from the plan. Of course there were skipped workouts and unexpected rest days and even some double days when I had more energy then I knew what to do with. Because life happens—the really good and the really bad.
All of this kinda goes along with this shirt….
I really, really don’t like this t-shirt.
And this sticker…
I don’t like this t-shirt almost as much as I don’t like this sticker.
I mean, if you hate it so much, why do you give it attention? To piss off the ones that really love endorphins and health? It’s working because here I am getting fired up about it.
But then there are those shit training days when you kinda feel like that shirt is your mood AF. Am I right? It seems like training is consuming your life and there’s no fun anywhere to be found in all the land.
It’s easy to put blinders on when you’ve got this big huge humongous goal staring daggers in the distance and THE PLAN must go on. It’s easy to pass on things and experiences or slide down the training hole and forget fun is a thing and it’s especially important for sanity during marathon training.
These are my tips for making sure LIFE is fun in the environment of training.
1. Go somewhere, try something, see something NEW every so often.
Even if you’re staying local, try a new restaurant or coffee shop, visit a museum, check out some antiques, find a record store. Just change up your scenery. Training can feel like laps on a track week after week, so puts your eyes (or mouth) on something else. #TWSS
2. When you cross-train, cross-train with friends.
It’s a necessary evil. But we’re running this thing, why do I need to ellipticize or bike or swim? We know. Doing these sessions with friends gets your mind off things. Hit two birds with one stone and go to a NEW spin place with a FRIEND. Boom. I’ve solved all your problems.
3. Create standing dates for—anything.
Schedule something you love that will happen at the same time every week—that isn’t workout related. A Skype call with your mom. A few hours to re-paint your nails. A lazy night on the couch binge-watching a new Netflix show. An afternoon of food-prepping. Set it and stick to it.
4. Take a vacation day at work and use it to do a long LONG run.
We usually use our weekends to get in our biggest miles of the week, but on a week where you’ve got 20+ miles, take a vacation day, do it during the week, and enjoy every single non-long-running mile of your weekend.
What tips can you add to this?