We are two weeks back into marathon training after my three week break from running. My hip is doing fine, and the only pain I’m feeling are the spots where I expect it, so I continue to indulge my love hate relationship with my foam roller. I introduced Alex to the foam roller this weekend; he said it looked painful. I didn’t correct him.
Other training thoughts:
- I love Clif energy gels. As crunchy-granola-hippie as I am, I really really love these packets of sweet, gooey, energy. Do I know dates are also pure glucose and infinitely more natural than a packet of sugar, without the waste? Yes, I do. But they don’t taste like frosting, they don’t have caffeine, and I have to chew them. Maybe next training cycle I’ll switch to dates, but this time, I’m sticking to what I know works. (Plus I bought two boxes of energy gels already!)
- Learning to blow a snot rockets during runs changed my life. I say this not to gross anyone out, but to encourage runners everywhere to snot out instead of snuffling in. Bonus – your shirt sleeve does not get soggy and gross with mucus.
- Coffee and toast are officially our post-long run tradition. Sorry to anyone at The Mill yesterday morning who had to sit within a few feet of us as we noshed on the thick, delicious slices of bread and re-energized with a latte. I’m sure looking at our sweaty faces was not your idea of a relaxing Saturday morning. It was nice to have partner in crime back this week!
- I can’t decide if it’s better or worse that I know what I’m getting myself into with this race. I know better when to push and when to rest, but I also know the feeling of “OH MY GOD, HOW WILL I EVER RUN 6.2 MORE MILES?” after a 20 mile training run. Sorry for the excessive use of caps, but the voice inside my head is definitely yelling when she says it.
- Running is still hard. People sometimes think I have some super human capacity for running because I’m marathon training, but I still struggle through 4 mile runs sometimes. I humbly submit that training for a marathon is more about your mind than your body. I used to not be able to run a mile. Some people hate running, totally cool. Some people run and don’t race, also cool. As I was trying to talk my friend Allie into running a 5k with me, she said, “I’m just not interested in doing that.” It was a good reminder for me that we all run for different reasons. My point is though that I started off huffing and puffing through walk/running a mile and short of any major health issues, I believe most people can run a marathon, should they be interested in doing so.
Have a happy Sunday!