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?