I love marathon training. You know, overall. But at some point, during every run (or at least every run over 6 miles) I hate it.
I think summer in the Mid-Atlantic is largely to blame. It’s really hot. It’s really humid. I rarely get to the ideal state of “running auto-pilot” because there is a persevering discomfort in sweating this g-damn much. I’m running slowly. (More slowly than I usually do.) I forget to bring things. My hair tie breaks.
But those things are temporary. My negative feelings dissipate when I click my Garmin off to end the run. By the time I’m back in my apartment (or better, grabbing a post-run iced coffee), I’m usually smiling and happy no matter how many curses I spat under my breath moments before. So more than anything l love marathon training.
I like committing myself to something physical. It feels so rare in an age of desk-sitting, Instagram scrolling and Netflix binging. I love that somehow, no matter how terrible the run was, at some point it’s over and preserved in Strava for me to look at in amazement.
During Thursday’s run this week, I was having a hard time. There was no way I could pretend I was enjoying myself. Instead I reminded myself this was work. I committed myself to the marathon and today I need to run in order to meet that commitment. Surprised as I was, that mindset worked. I didn’t have to LIKE what I was doing to WANT to do it.
And so week 7 of training is completed with a bang:
Tuesday: 4-mile run
Wednesday: 6-mile run
Thursday: physical therapy
Saturday: 12-mile run in East Hampton. This was brutal. It was so hot. I tried a new beverage mid-run, Nuun Performance and while I love regular Nuun I don’t think the performance variety is for me.
Sunday: Yoga at Yoga Shanti Sag Harbor with Katy. This class was a very slow beginner class and currently I am super inflexible so let’s call it a match made in Sag Harbor.
How was your week? And if you’re training for a marathon, how is it going?