Let's start with the cons:
- I am tired, all the time.
- Weekend schedules revolve around long-runs and I haven't gone to a local farmer's market all summer.
- Chaffing. Enough said.
- I don't care what I eat and I have crazy running cravings like deep friend cheese curds (alright, maybe this is a pro?).
- When I am not running, I want to watch TV or sleep. Reading has gone by the wayside, as has blogging, or being creative in the kitchen.
- It is really hard. Every run I do is over 13 miles is just painful.
There are a few pros:
- I ran 8 miles this weekend. It felt like nothing. I know I have reached another level in my running.
- Running is guaranteed time spent one-on-one with my husband. We do nearly every run together, without our ipods.
- When people ask what's new, I actually have small talk to respond with. I tell them I am training for a marathon.
- All the hard work should culminate in running and finishing a marathon = bucket list check mark.
Perhaps the biggest positive factor in this training experience is the reflection and goal setting it provides me. When my life revolved around academics and a semester, goals and working toward something was a given. I was always striving for something big and small: to complete the semester, to get a degree, to get a job, to complete an assignment, to write a paper, etc. As an adult in the "real world" goals come in different, less clear terms. A goal to buy a house is great, but can be effected by so many other factors beyond your control. Training for a marathon, despite weather and injury, is pretty defined. You put in the miles, you get better and can hopefully run 26.2 miles without succumbing to death.
|Stephen and I before our first half marathon in 2009!|
|Stephen and I after our half marathon in May 2013|