So-o, now that I have my mojo back and some parcels to look forward to, it’s time to think about training again. So here’s the number two instalment of things no-one tells you until you start training for a marathon! (If you missed number one, you can check it out here).
Marathon Training – what they still haven’t told you
1. It is mentally exhausting
Mr The Rake might break up with me if I try another marathon – mostly for this point! (Still worth it
2. People give you the ‘look’
Nothing you say is valid any more.
Last week, I had my judgy pants on about a lecturer, calling her ‘ultra controlled’ because everything about her is too perfect.
I got the ‘look’ – you know; narrowed eyes, and a ‘that just came out of your mouth’ expression that slides across the listener’s face.
You run two hours a day and you’re eating a carrot
3. Welcome to a parallel universe
People refer to you casually, as if you can’t hear them.
Yeah, but she’s training for a marathon
This goes back to point 2 – your opinion is no longer valid – nor is your performance. In anything.
Do well on a test? Mental strength.
Ride fast on a bike? Super fit.
Get out of bed on a cold morning and your friend person cancels? Marathon training – she’s used to it.
Not out of breath walking up stairs? Endurance.
People have stopped comparing themselves to you – you have reached the realm of ‘beyond’.
Which kind of sucks…because then you have to go and compare yourself to ‘real’ athletes. You never can win!
4. Your risk assessment starts to apply to bizarre situations
I have stopped wearing heels if I know I have to stand or walk for any length of time. I’m sure some of you can relate – imagine having to sit out a race because you twisted your ankle at a party!
5. When dramatic things happen to your body, you think ‘no, I’m not an athlete, so that’s not happeni- …oh wait’
Example: Last week when I felt tired, dehydrated and crappy for no good reason, I couldn’t figure it out. Apparently it was lack of sodium and iron. Yet I was in denial.
That couldn’t possibly happen to me, I don’t train enough for th- …oh wait
Turns out, training really stresses your body out – elite athlete or not. Listen to your body, and don’t ignore it when it’s trying to tell you something!
Anything to add?
If you’ve done a marathon or watched someone go through training (my Mum watching my Dad, for example), what ridiculous things have you noticed?
Have you ever ignored your body and paid for it later?