Reflections on Marathon Training

I can officially say I have completed a marathon! Woohoo!!

I’m going to do a post that breaks down race day. But before that, I wanted to share my reflections on the past 4 months of marathon training.

It is SO time consuming.

If you don’t have days and days and days to dedicate to training, I would say, maybe just run a half. Hubby and I trained for 4+ months and spent every Saturday (and maybe one Sunday) running together. We didn’t miss a single long run. The training runs themselves were time consuming. Our 22 mile run took over 4 hours. And Friday nights, forget ’em. I don’t normally like to go out on Fridays because I’m tired from the week and I feel badly leaving Copley after she’s been in the cage all day, but when you have to get up at 6 AM to run for 3 hours, you pretty much have to go to bed at 10 PM.

Reflection: Every single minute, every single mile was worth it.

It brought Hubby and me closer.

I didn’t think it was possible that Hubby and I could get closer, but we bonded over our training. We bonded over sore muscles and how delicious chocolate milk is after a long run. I couldn’t have done all of this without him. 100 percent.

Reflection: Hubby really is my number one supporter. I couldn’t go through the marathon, let alone life, without him.

Lululemon pants really are the best.

I normally wouldn’t spend $100 on running pants, but Lululemon pants are amazing! They stay in place, the fabric is bar none, they hold in your fat. They are worth the money. The end.

Reflection: Lululemon pants will be purchased on an annual basis as long as I continue to work out.

Chocolate GU is the best flavor.

I’ve tried many GU flavors in the past: tri-berry, salted watermelon, peanut butter, vanilla bean

Reflection: GU is the best thing in the world when you ARE running. GU is disgusting when you aren’t running.

Overall, I’m glad we did it.

It was a lot of work, a lot of pain, a lot of emotion. Running a marathon has been on my bucket list since I started running. And the fact that the box is actually checked, I’m so glad we did it!

Reflection: Training and running this marathon was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It took dedication, determination, digging deep and hours on the foam roller, but it was so worth it. I found that I am emotionally stronger than I ever imagined. I found that I can push myself outside of my comfort zone and be okay, no, better than okay, tremendous! I found that life is about the journey and not the destination.

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