5 Thoughts on Finding Balance During Marathon Training.

I ran 8 early miles this morning…doing the first half with my run crew (gotta love hills) and the last few miles solo. I tell ya, hills seem to never get easier but some days I definitely feel stronger while doing them. Today was definitely one of those days.


So for those of you in the thick of marathon training (like myself) I thought it would be a great day to discuss how to find a balance during 26.2 training. I know…some of you are probably thinking “balance during training…what on earth is that”? But I have to say it can be done. Even if you are running crazy mileage day in and day out you can still have a life while training for 26.2. Here’s how.

1. Allow yourself at least 1 full, complete rest day. Yep…a day where you do absolutely nothing. No yoga, no cross training, no weight lifting. My rest day is always on Friday. It allows me to mentally and physically reset my brain and legs before Saturday’s long run. And yes, sometimes it sucks to take a rest day especially when you see others running but you gotta do it. It requires confidence. So DO it. Your body will thank you.


2. Don’t compare yourself to other runners. Comparison is the thief of joy. Keep your head down, trust your training and do your thing.

3. Find a training plan that allows for some cross training. Changing up your workouts will help keep your love for running going.

4. Celebrate…AFTER your long run! Yes, distance runners can have a little fun too. Now…Friday nights I’m basically a vegetable but after running a 20 miler early on Saturday morning, usually I will go home, rest and rehydrate. Then in the evenings after I charge my batteries I’ll allow myself some good times with friends.

5. And speaking of celebrate. Make sure you celebrate your small victories. Every mile and every step counts. Be proud of your training and how far you have come. No one…absolutely no one can take that away from you.

How do you manage to find balance during marathon training?

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

11 thoughts on “5 Thoughts on Finding Balance During Marathon Training.

  1. Great advice Chelsea…hope training is going well – I’m all over #4 no matter how the race goes!!

  2. The rest day is certainly the top of my list, too. And I actually like Saturday evening after my long run to be the most relaxing thing ever… I’ll make spaghetti, watch a good movie, and get to bed early (I get up really early for my long run and am tired by 9 p.m.). I’ll do my hanging out with friends on Thursday and Friday nights.
    Another thing that helps the balance is to have another project other than running, usually academic, so that I can feel productive during the weekend when the running has been done.

  3. How about “don’t look back on how fast you used to be…” UGH. I do that ALL THE TIME! I just need to train my body to get back there. One day. Some day… But yes, you got the right tips on here. And comparison really is the thief of joy.

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