Happy Friday! We made it through another week – hooray! 🙂
On average, marathon training plans can range from 12-20 weeks. That’s a LONG time to dedicate to ONE race. As you know, I’ve been training for the Shamrock Marathon since Christmas Day. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of training, you can often ask yourself “Why am I doing this”? I know I ask myself that question at least once a week! Are the early wake up times on the weekend worth it? Are the daily aches and pains worth it? Why am I running 9 miles on a Thursday? …and so on and so forth.
Now that I’m enjoying the taper period, it’s easier for me to identify things that kept me motivated for the past 10 weeks of training. I hope these tips will keep you motivated thorough your training cycle as well!
Going for a PR
Going for a PR is a great way to stay motivated when you are training. Yes, the workouts are going to be hard, but all of that hard work, time and effort will be worth it when you cross that finish link with a shiny new PR!
Visualize that Finish Line
I have done this during all of my marathon training cycles, especially when I’m in the middle of a bad run. Visualizing myself crossing that finish line is a positive image that makes me fight through to finish my run.
Think of all the swag!
This might make me sound shallow, but I love any swag and bling that I get from races! For the Shamrock Marathon I’m looking forward to scoring a beach towel and 3 race medals (for doing the Whale Challenge – 8K on Saturday and Marathon on Sunday). I’ll probably also pick up some clothing at the expo too. I often feel like the medal/swag is a nice reward for a training cycle and race.
Think about the experience
Running a marathon is truly a life changing experience. It takes a lot of grit and determination to run and finish a marathon. When you’re out on the course, you’re going to experience tons of feelings and thoughts, and that’s the beauty of a marathon. Remember, the training is the hard part, but the marathon is your victory lap!
Think about your post-race eats
Post-race food is the best! After running 26.2 miles, the food options are endless – pizza, tacos, ice cream, or maybe a nice brunch? Eventhough my race isn’t until March 18th, I’m already scoping out potential restaurants in the area for my post-race meal (don’t judge me)!
Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated during marathon training?