What I Have Learned from Marathon Training

Two months ago, I was having lunch with my wife and we were talking about things we wanted to do and on a whim, I signed up for a marathon.  The marathon three months from now.  A marathon is on my bucket list, but I never put a time to it.  Like most things people want to but never getting around to doing, I said someday I will run one.  I realized that I’ve been saying that for a long time and what is really stopping me from doing one? It was me.  I was getting in my own way.  So, I signed up.

This gave me five months to prepare so I started digging up training plans and reading anything I could get my hands on about marathon training and I just started.  Keep in mind, I really don’t have any long distance running experience, so I don’t consider myself a runner.  The furthest I’ve ever ran is six miles and that was brutal at the time.  Nonetheless, I was already committed.

Once I found a training plan that suited me, I printed it out and posted it on my refrigerator, so I could see it every day along with my family in hopes that they would hold me accountable.  Looking over the plan, it seemed nearly impossible and started thinking just what the hell I got myself into.

Day one came, and I ran.  I ran on day two. I ran on day three and I kept on running keeping with the training.  Logging the miles is not easy.  As they say, take it one step at a time.  Well, that is exactly what I did.  Every time that I ran I put a big black “X” on the run I had completed.  What I found was that with every day I was able to mark my training plan, I was inspired to run more and keep going.

Today I am going into my eight week of marathon training and it has been tough.  I’ve logged over 100 miles.  Yesterday, I ran my first ever half marathon.  That is 13.1 miles in one run.  It is a feat that I thought would surely crush me when I first looked at the training plan, but now I’ve completed it and I can say that I have ran a half marathon.

I commit myself to it, I put the miles in and I didn’t quit.  Reflecting on my running and training, I found that nearly every other aspect of life is not different from marathon training.  Your career, your schooling, your marriage, your relationships and everything else require you to make the decision to commit to it, put in the work, stick with it and reap the benefits and rewards.  It’s not easy and at times it’s so tough you think about quitting.  Don’t.  Don’t give up because success is in that extra mile.


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