Technically marathon training started yesterday for the Marine Corps Marathon.
This is the first marathon I am “training” for where I am starting at a long run of 13 miles. I’ve done some really good base training over the past 6 weeks and running a lot of half marathon distance races this past year has really helped me as well, even though I’ve dealt with some major challenges as well after I tore the cartilage in my knee and have suffered irreparable damage (thus the PT straps below)
I’ve worked so hard this past year and have had so many highs (half marathon PR, 2 AG awards) and lows (all my knee issues, the Orthovisc reaction) to get back to running…but not just any old running. Marathon running. I love marathon training, it’s addicting. It’s the journey, the difficulty, the payoff. The marathon is such a great metaphor for life. At least it is for my life right now as I have been working toward my PhD. The spirit of training and the distance is transformative (I actually find that I experience the 7 stages of the marathon during the training as well, especially as the runs get longer). I think I’m going to have to watch my favorite documentary, The Sprit of the Marathon, this week to get hype.
What running distance are you most drawn to? Why?