Marathon Training: Halfway Point Thoughts

I’m halfway through training for my first full marathon. It’s crazy to think I’m running half marathon distances as part of a training plan and not as a race. Overall I feel pretty good – I feel strong and am determined to make it to race day in October. Three months down and three months to go, here are some of my marathon training thoughts:

  1. I’m not as hungry as I thought I would be…
  2. …but I do feel like the Queen of Carbs. All I want are carb-heavy foods for all of my meals (bagels, muffins, bananas).image1 (7)
  3. Additionally, all I want after a long run is the biggest sandwich possible.
  4. And chocolate espresso cookies from Farm Boy (even though they haven’t had them the last three weeks).
  5. My city needs more water fountains. I only know of one so I have to plan my long runs around being able to refill my bottle at the same place.
  6. I had to cave and book a massage therapy appointment because foam rolling and stretching can’t reach a couple of weird muscles aches I have.
  7. As someone who NEVER naps I’ve been giving in and taking them after my long runs, and they are glorious.
  8. Compression socks. I even wore them with shorts to do my grocery shopping on the weekend because my calves were so sore and swollen, but it was also too hot to cover them with pants. My boyfriend is not impressed with my new style.image2 (1)
  9. I’m having trouble taking in fuel during my runs. It’s been so hot and humid it’s hard to stomach many things, but occasionally my stomach will allow me to eat a couple of Starbursts.
  10. Having a social life is difficult. My best friend’s birthday dinner meant that my rest day was going to be on that day, and I drove to my other best friend’s cottage for only the day because I had to get up early and run 21K the next morning. This long-weekend I’m driving 2.5 hours each way to only spend one night at a family reunion because I need time to train.
  11. I carry a massage ball in my purse just in case. I spend half of my time at work propping it under my right glute and the other half with it in between my shoulder blades.
  12. I’m also getting really good at stretching at my desk.
  13. I’m tired but I can’t drink coffee. Just the thought of it is giving me GI issues.
  14. This is summer-specific but I’m starting to appreciate the treadmill. Speed training in 30 degrees with 88% humidity yesterday was not fun. I think I might start taking my shorter runs inside more often.
  15. I could not do this without the support of my mom. She helps me by taking care of my dog when I want to run or workout without feeling like a bad dog-mom, she offers to pick me up if I don’t want to do an out-and-back or if I just can’t go any further, and when I’m feeling like my running isn’t going well she makes me feel like a pro-athlete. Moms are the best.

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