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So as I am sure you know, last Sunday I ran the NYC Marathon as my first full marathon.
Eventually I will stop talking about it…
but not yet.
What did I learn from this experience?
1. Long Training Runs are easier if you have company.
I was lucky. I never did them alone. I may have run some of the miles each weekend solo but for every run, my running friends were there to support my efforts. I couldn’t have done without you guys. ❤
2. It is Better to Be (10 Miles) Undertrained than (1 Mile) Overtrained.
I heard this from a fellow blogger and friend. I’m not sure that I believed it.
Basically I felt undertrained because my job got in the way of doing any longer runs during the week. I usually ran 3-4 miles instead of the 5-10 on the training plan.)
I worried that my legs would not be strong enough to carry me through 26.2 miles.
However, I think the lower mileage helped keep me injury free the whole 18 week training cycle and enabled me to complete the long weekend runs better.
3. Pain is indeed Temporary.
Yes, my feet hurt. My hips ached. My lower back…Oy. The Pain.
But as soon as the race is over, you forget about it and you savor the experience.
Every time I look at my medal, I don’t think about the pain. I smile and I am proud of what I accomplished.
4. Marathon Training does not have to take over your Life.
I was afraid that I would be obsessing and thinking about nothing else but the marathon.
Work being very busy and traveling for 8 weeks during peak training helped take my mind off the suggested weekly mileage.
I went to movies, shows, dinners and spent quality time with my family and friends. I never said I CAN’T. I HAVE TO RUN.
5. I Enjoyed the Race immensely. I’m glad I did it. But I don’t want to run another.
Back to running short races, skipping bad weather runs and signing up for Half Marathons.
The Good Life. 🙂
Happy Running! If you have run a marathon (or a half marathon), what did you learn from the experience? Please share.