I don’t usually do this, but I thought I’d pop in today to share something that I found very valuable. It’s pretty rare these days that Runner’s World publishes anything that really speaks to me, but today they featured a piece on marathon training that I could swear was written just for me.
“I learned to chill out during marathon training: here’s what happened” is the story of a woman a lot like me, right down to our ages, PRs, and tendencies to get a little too obsessive during marathon training. I normally ignore anything with a click-bait title just out of principle, but this was worth the read. One of the reasons I went so far as to share it on my blog is that this woman’s story illustrates a lot of the reasons why I’m exploring “minimal marathoning” and how I became motivated to do so.
I’m even having a hard time finding one thing in particular to quote because it literally all spoke to me. But I found it most comforting to read this line: “…I thought I should’ve been doing some pretty heavy volume. I was stunned that I burned out when I tried to PR using a training plan that took me to a 60-mile per week peak.” Even in my base-building I still have an unhealthy tendency toward obsession with weekly mileage. I remember *needing* to peak at 60 for Pittsburgh Marathon training, too. And look what happened to me afterward.
Anyway, I’ll let you check out the article and let it speak for itself – and I’d really love to hear your thoughts and if you can relate. Have you ever been obsessive about time goals to the point of it interfering with the rest of your life? Do you struggle against the social media comparison trap and the urge to constantly do more while training?