*Originally posted February 16, 2013 (I was training for my first marathon.)
I am more than halfway done with my marathon training. Here are my thoughts:
1) It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Sure, the long runs are tough, but more the recovery than the actual running part. The day I have the hardest time running is Wednesdays. They have traditionally been the day I do not work out, and all I want to do at 4pm is go home. Having CCD every Wednesday afternoon or evening from grades K-9 has made me want to absolutely nothing on Wednesdays. For the rest of my life. Never. All so I could get confirmed.
2) I am hungry ALL THE TIME. I seriously have the metabolism of a 16 year old boy right now, and I get sympathy from no one. I am losing weight, and I do not want to. And it’s not like I’m just hungry. Right before lunch everyday, I get crippling stomach cramps. If I could eat nuts at school, I would fair much better, but I can’t. And what is making it worse is that all I am craving is vegetables. When I first starting running, all I wanted was red meat and hard boiled eggs. Now- I crave green peppers and kale which have no calories. And it’s not like I can just grab a handful of crackers or pretzels at school. GF snacks are like $5 a bag.
3) What has made the training worth it is the amount of support and words of encouragement from family and friends. People really came out of the woodwork to donate to my cause. I know the crowds are going to get me through those last few miles, and I can’t wait.