As always, I’m psyched for the weekend. I will fully admit though, my weekends have been a little… uneventful these past 16 weeks of marathon training. Let’s just say I’ve reached a new level of familiarity with my couch recently.
Runners will always tell you – the marathon is a commitment. Even when you’re not running, you’re resting or getting ready for another run, and that’s been especially true lately as I’ve hit my peak mileage weeks. Running 20 miles takes a lot out of a person – so if I’m not running, I’m either resting in preparation or cozied up on the couch in my compression socks. So without further ado, here is an inside look at a typical Friday/Saturday night during marathon training.
1. Friday evening, you browse for a movie that is just boring enough that you won’t mind if you fall asleep before it’s over.
2. While your other 20-something pals are out partying it up in the city, you are putting in some quality time with your foam roller. And you’re kind of ok with that, since the idea of staying up past 10:30 is horrifying.
3. After that, you move to the couch where you ice whatever muscle/tendon/joint is currently aching.
4. You think about your running route for the next day’s long run – to mix things up or stick with the same old routes, that is the question.
5. You want to eat all the things. Happy Marathon Hunger.
6. It’s 9:30 PM? Bed time. You crawl into bed. 20 minutes later and you’re sound asleep. Nothing like marathon training to put an end to insomnia.
Rest, run, eat, repeat. And yet something about this whole process keeps us runners coming back for more. 🙂
Happy Weekend! Who actually has something fun planned? My mom and I will be running 22 miles – Wish us luck!! 🙂