Over the weekend, it occurred to me that I have developed marathon training brain. It’s all about running. All the time. Every day. Every minute. I know even when I’m not training for anything, I talk a lot about running. Running pops into my thoughts often. But on Saturday, it got a little out of hand. I was obsessed with the hour by hour forecast for my planned 20 miler. It’s a long story but the 20 miles didn’t happen because I got too wrapped up in the forecast. Gah! Anyway…I know I’m not alone. There are plenty of us who are “suffering” from this marvelous condition.
You know you’re in marathon training when…
You obsess over the weather forecast. Particularly your long run days. At any given time, you know the projected forecast for the next 5 days, including sunrise and sunset, chance of precipitation, windchill factor, and whether there’s even a remote possibility that a winter storm can blow through, dumping extra snow before your run.
You are really, really upset when the weather is going to be better the day AFTER your long run and you can’t rearrange your schedule.
You arrange your long run around the warmest part of the day in the winter/coolest in the summer. You delay getting started because even a slight degree in temperature change really does make a difference.
Sleeping in on the weekend is still 5 a.m.
All you can think about besides running is eating and sleeping.
You want to eat all the food.
Your skinny jeans are just a little bit skinnier around the quads and calves.
You arrange your schedule based on how many miles you have to run that day.
You wonder a lot…will this make me too sore for my run tomorrow?
You think 9 p.m. is staying up late.
You ponder your long run outfit more than your daily “real clothes.”
You want to know the details of the race course from every person who has run the race before.
You spend lots of quality time with a foam roller, The Stick, Lacrosse balls and other sports equipment for relief even though it hurts like hell.
You wear compression socks for recovery no matter if it’s 90 degrees and clashes with your cute skirt.
You wear compression socks under your “real” clothes.
You talk about your training in any and all conversations without even trying. People talking about the weather? You comment on how awful/wonderful it is to run in this. Plans for the weekend? Running, of course.
You have a training journal that you write in everyday. It’s like your diary from middle school years, full of all your hopes and dreams.
You have a whole stash of GU, Honey Stingers, Huma Gel or whatever mid fuel run you love.
Your laundry basket is always full of sweaty workout gear.
You second guess yourself often - Why am I doing this?
You have a countdown calendar app to race day.
You want to talk about training plans and running with everyone. Oh wait, that happens even when you aren’t training for anything.
Your feet have more callouses than you can count but there’s no way you are getting a pedicure till after race day.
Your turn! You know you are in training for ______ when…