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Marathon Training Kinda Crazy

You know you are kind of crazy when the marathon training is what you look forward to the most. The actual completion of the marathon is fun and exciting, however that is the end in a way. The event really is the training. The marathon for most people lasts less than 5 hours of their lives, but the training is the hobby, is the reward, is the pleasure, is the life of a runner.

Each week of marathon training can be a waiting period if you think in terms of it’s still 18 weeks until my marathon, it’s still 10 weeks to my marathon. Personally I think in terms of long run to long run. I can’t wait to get to the next long run as the runs during the week are just too short. Sunday comes and I am off and running both emotionally and literally.

Let me know if you have similar experiences.

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Marathon Training Injury

A relatively new friend of mine was training for her first marathon and suffered a hip injury 2 weeks out from her marathon. The injury is so serious she is forced to pull out of her marathon. As a runner we all know how devastated we would feel in that situation. 16 weeks (out of the planned 18 weeks) of serious marathon training which was preceded by years of running. Many of us have built up from 5K to 10K to half marathon to get ready for the full marathon. It just doesn’t seem fair.

In 2010 after a layoff from marathon training I decided to run a fall marathon and started my training ramp up a bit late about 15 weeks out. With 3 weeks to go before the marathon I suffered a knee tweak that at first I thought I could fight through it and keep training. I wasn’t successful. I was crushed, but it didn’t break my will. I got in the gym and worked on my overall leg strength and made a plan for both a spring and fall marathon for 2011.

Running to the runner is obviously the basis for a strong existence. We define ourselves by being able to do what we love. Injuries for the most part are a sidetrack, but not a wall. We will find a way eventually. Staying positive is not always easy, but is also the best way not to be defeated.

Runner Vs. Non-Runner

In a Presidential Election year in the USA the difference between the two main political parties are analyzed ad nauseum. We runners often don’t understand non-runners as they do not understand us. It comes down to who or what you love. Runners love running and those who don’t runner have no affection for running.

I have met some people who tried to run, but just didn’t have that feeling that I tried to explain to them. Runners know that feeling and we can discuss it in a group of runners, but try to speak of it to the non-converted is almost useless. I remember when I was a single guy with no children and it wasn’t until I had kids that I understood what having kids meant. What it feels like. It is impossible to articulate the feeling. The runner’s high is in that category. You either get it or you don’t.

If you know anyone or are someone who just hated running at one time and then learned to love it, please speak up, it would be great to hear about it.

 

Marathon Random Thought

Post marathon there is the ride home. For most of us that is a drive of hundreds of miles, which the afternoon of or the day after a marathon can be brutal. The best practice is stopping frequently and stretching those battered legs. There is solace knowing that at each rest stop there will be others just like you getting out their cars and limping around. An easily identifiable kinship.

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