4.) Because it keeps me motivated during crazy weather: Heat, humidity…none of it matters when I’m in marathon training. Summer isn’t so bad-I’m always motivated in the nice weather. But winter is coming and this will mean lots of training runs that I just do NOT want to do. Having a goal to work towards makes sweating
freezinglike crazy and feeling like my head is going to pop off freezetotally worth it.
5.) Because it keeps me disciplined. Earlier bedtimes, early starts, the diet stays in check. I don’t blow off runs during marathon training. (well I don’t really do that ever, I’m pretty good.) But I guess I stay “extra” in line during marathon training.
6.) Because otherwise, I would procrastinate on a Saturday and even maybe delay my long run until Sunday. That only cuts the time down that I spend with Greg, and that makes me sad when that happens!
7.) Because I’m training for a FALL marathon and FALL is the best racing season. The weather is cooler, and I’ve just trained ridiculously hard over the summertime. I much prefer training throughout the summer for a fall marathon than training in the winter for a spring one. There is not a lot to like about winter running. Not a lot at all. (Maybe for you there is, but I have ice/freezing cold temps/snow…blech)
8.) Because I love to race. I get soooooo excited to race. I’m already having BQ dreams of when I cross the finish line. Oddly enough, I haven’t had any nightmares yet. Usually, I have the odd nightmare of being late/running the wrong way/sleeping in late by mistake/wardrobe malfunctions…NONE of these bad dreams have happened to me…maybe because I’ve been running like crazy??
Sometimes all of these reasons can feel more like a burden than a blessing. When it does happen (and that is inevitable because marathon training is a LOT to deal with), I try to refocus on my goal. I ask myself WHY I am doing this. If my answer is still “TO BQ!” then I get all happy again since I know all the training and the work will be worthwhile.
BUT: if my answer ever changes from something positive and into a negative…then I would know its time to stop and re-asses my “WHY”.
My last reason is my MOST favorite/important reason…
Why do you love being in marathon training??