Happy Monday! We just had a wonderful warmer weather weekend and it was fabulous. We’ve been busy with projects going on in our house. Our kitchen cabinets were being painted and it was so nice to be able to get out of our dusty house and enjoy some time with the whole family.
It’s amazing what a few coats of white paint can do to a kitchen. Our whole house feels fresher and brighter!
As I was completing one of several nine mile runs on the treadmill this week, I was thinking about how this marathon of a project has changed our house and how the marathon itself can change you as a runner and as a person. Marathon training season has officially kicked off for many and I thought I would share a few of the reasons why I feel the process can change you as both a runner and a person.
The Marathon teaches you mental grit. I dare you to try completing an 18 week training plan or a 20 mile training run and not learn to be stronger and cope better in life. While we generally start off a training cycle excited and enthusiastic, as the weeks go by, it takes some strong motivation to stay on track.
The mileage gets long and lonely. We have to learn to stay the course and push through the difficult miles. Your mind is a powerful tool, and it will grow in ways you never imagined.
Running actually becomes easier. Would you ever imagine that you would get to a point where 6 miles seems short and easy? I have had so many runners marvel part way through training at how they suddenly think a 6 mile run is no longer a big deal. These were the same people who were frightened by a 3 mile run just a few weeks ago. At some point, 10 miles even starts to sound “short.” It’s a great feeling to realize that the miles are becoming more doable both mentally and physically.
You are going to chafe and stink, and disgust not only others, but likely yourself too. Try running dozens of miles each week and not getting some nicks and scrapes along the way. Gentleman, please make sure you tape up those nipples. Ladies, embrace lathering the body glide in areas that rub. But let me warn you that one day you will hop in the shower and sting in places you didn’t know had rubbed, regardless of the prep work. It will cause some screams and perhaps a few profanities.
You are also going to sweat, a lot. And you are going to come home a disgusting mess. Winter running and spring allergies can cause lots of runny noses. Things are going to get ugly. Make sure you thank your family members for sticking around during these grosser days.
You will amaze yourself. There will be difficult days. There are going to be days that you will question how you are ever going to finish 26.2 miles. You are going to get frustrated and you will probably cry at some point. The marathon is hard and the training is harder. But you will grow as a person and a runner. Nothing is more empowering than getting through a difficult run or crossing the finish line of 26.2 miles. You will be forever changed!
How has the marathon or the training process changed you?