As I mentioned on Monday, I recently passed the halfway point in my marathon training. With 8 weeks down and 8 more to go, I thought I would take a few minutes to reflect on what I have learned so far- thinking out loud style.
I have been running for over a decade but still had to learn this lesson the hard way. Last week I did my long run in a pair of shorts that I don’t wear very much and I guess I got a little sweaty because around mile 12 I knew I was in trouble with chafing. Let me just add that it’s extra rough to wear a dress to a wedding all night following this. I am ordering lots of mini body glides to bring with me on all my runs and I will be putting it on every inch of my body that could potentially chafe from now on.
I’ve figured out a good balance of what works best for me, which has been a little different than other training cycles. I have actually preferred to be more active following long or hard runs.
I wrote a post last year about how other factors impact our training, and this is still true. I notice how things like sitting too much or wearing uncomfortable shoes will impact my running or make my muscles tighter than usual.
Over the past few months I have had times that were extremely high stress, and when I looked back on the peak of that time it is when I got really sick. Running is a type of stress on our bodies along with emotional stress. When we have too much of one or both (or something else) it can cause our bodies to break down. I’ve been working on managing my stress but I am also aware that I may need to cut back on running when I am feeling outside stress.
I think this time around I have been more laid-back with my nutrition, but I have still incorporated when I have learned in the past works that well for me. I’m aware of what doesn’t make me feel great so I can avoid those foods as I progress with my training.
I mentioned this above, but it deserves a bullet point of it’s own. Sitting makes my hips tight. In particular, sitting the same way all day long makes my hips tight. I’ve been making it a point to sit differently throughout the day and get up whenever I can.
7. Working with a coach
I am already so glad that I made the decision to work with a coach for this marathon. I haven’t had to question what I am doing or worry about making changes on my own. When I was sick, Kristy was able to modify my training whereas that would have been one more thing for me to worry about. It’s also allowed me to focus on coaching others without having to think about my own training.
8. Running in the dark
It is dark out here in the county. I don’t think I ever realized how well lit it was when I lived in the city! It’s gonna be a long winter of dark runs and I guess I will need to get used to wearing my headlamp every single day.
8 weeks down, 8 weeks to go, and 8 thoughts about my training so far. That’s a good place to stop, I think!
What are some things you have recently learned or been reminded of while training for a race?
Is it dark where you run? Or do you run indoors/during the day to avoid the darkness?