Good Luck Marathoners! You Got This.
It was your best marathon, it was your worst marathon, it was the marathon you trained for wisely, it was the marathon you trained for foolishly, it was the race filled with confidence, it was the race filled with self-doubt, it was the time it was a perfect 50 degrees with a tailwind, it was the time it was 28 and snowy, you have a PR before you, you have a DNF before you – in short, the week leading up to a marathon can be filled with all kinds of second guessing and a pessimistic attitude, or it can be filled with self-assurance and an optimism that things will go your way. The one you choose to focus on will shape the outcome of your race.
The end of September and beginning of October, mark the start of the fall marathon season. The majority of the half a million marathon finishers in the United States will embark on their 26.2 mile odyssey sometimes between now and the end of the year.
Good luck Marathoners!
If you’re running your first marathon, here are two helpful posts that will give you some pointers on what to do the final week before your marathon (hint: it’s all about relaxing!). Even if you’ve run a bunch before, they are still gentle reminders about how to chill out long enough to enjoy all that you’ve worked toward.
And because you probably want to run again at some point, here are a few things I’ve found helpful when recovering from a marathon too.
A Flash of Joy
I stumbled across the following quote on a very old Nike poster in the bathroom of my local running store. I’ve read it dozens of times, and found it a fitting reminder for everyone running a marathon this season.
Sooner or later the serious runner goes through a special, very personal experience that is unknown to most people. Some call it euphoria. Others say it’s a new kind of mystical experience that propels you into an elevated state of consciousness. A flash of joy. A sense of floating as you run. The experience is unique to each of us, but when it happens you break through a barrier that separates you from casual runners. Forever. And from that point on, there is no finish line. You run for your life. You begin to be addicted to what running gives you.
If that’s not enough Nike for you, On September 25, 2015 they put out this amazing video, simple titled, “Last“. It’s brilliant, not just for those back of the pack runners, but everyone who has, at one time or another, not consider themselves a “real” runner.
The first person who ran 26.2 miles died. He died! AND HE WAS A RUNNER! You, are not a runner. You are especially not a marathoner runner. But at the end of this… you will be.
To everyone who is running the Twin Cities Marathon this week (or the dozens of others this fall), whether or not you’re trying to make it into Boston, or just make it to the finish line before they clear the course, may you be filled with all the confidence and optimism you need to run your race, knowing you’ve put your whole self into it!
Share your goals below, then report back how it went after your race. Remember that joy and misery both love company.