Top 10 Signs Marathon Training Has Taken Over Your Life
|February 21, 2011||Posted by Lauren under Marathon Training, Running|
If you’ve ever trained for a marathon, you’ll know that there’s so much more to it than the actual running part. While programs may claim that you can train for one without having it take over your life, my experience has been that that’s rarely the case. Because the time you devout to training is not just measured by the hours you spend running. So even though you may only be running 3 or 4 days per week, the entire structure of your week often becomes all about those runs. And it probably won’t be long before you’ve developed a bad case of the Marathon Crazies.
Now I know what you might be thinking – that will never happen to me! There’s no way I’ll let myself get sucked into those Marathon Crazies…I have so many other things in my life that are way more important! Well friend, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but letting your training take over your life is a lot easier than you may think. In fact, if you experience any of the symptoms below, chances are you’ve got it bad.
Top 10 Signs that Marathon Training Has Taken Over Your Life (i.e. symptoms of the Marathon Crazies)
10.) The passage of time is measured by training plan week number. And your life revolves around the weekends, not because you have extra time for fun things, but because that’s when you do your long runs.
9.) You constantly smell like Icy Hot, and have stopped caring about this fact when you’re out in public.
8.) Everything that goes into your mouth becomes “fuel.” And I mean everything – from that morning bowl of oatmeal to that piece of cake you enjoy after dinner….because it’s all about the carbs, right? Or giving yourself a much-deserved treat after a particularly challenging run.
7.) You worry about getting enough sleep not because you want to feel rested and alert on the job, but because being tired could negatively affect the tempo run you have scheduled the next day.
6.) Your weekend nights start to look like this. Both the night before your long run so you can rest and fuel, and the night after so you can rest and re-fuel.
5.) You judge new music you hear on the radio based upon how good it would be to run to.
4.) You check the weather obsessively. 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.
On the day leading up to your long run, you refresh the forecast every 15 minutes on the off-chance that things have changed since you last checked.
3.) You arrange your long run around the warmest part of the day in the winter/coolest in the summer. You delay getting started because that 2 degree temperature change really does make a difference.
2.) Compression socks become your favorite fashion accessory.
1.) Your training becomes relevant to 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. Co-workers excited about new clothes/shoes they got on sale? Wait till they hear about those new Nike running tights you found on clearance! And when you can no longer find anyone who will listen to your obsessive ramblings, you turn to your running friends, sending them email after email venting, asking for advice, and trying to get their thoughts about running in 50 mph gusting winds.
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, chances are you’ve got a bad case of the Marathon Crazies. Unfortunately, the only known cure is running that marathon. But don’t worry – you’re not alone. Thousands of runners are hit by the crazies every year. And as long as your loved ones don’t get sick of you before your training plan ends, you should come out of the training cycle without any permanent damage*.
*Unless, of course, you catch the highly-contagious marathon bug, and choose to submit yourself to a never-ending cycle of marathon training. If that’s the case, well, you’re out of luck.