This is why I don't run a marathon (soon)

MarathonFor those who follow me on Instagram you’ve may seen I did a 17 km run this morning. I run long distances almost every weekend. For me a long distance run means a run between 15 and 20 km. And the last weeks it was very often closer to 20 km than 15 km. These runs, normally on Sunday morning, (the weather forecast was better for today) are one of my favorite parts of the weekend. I love running without being in a hurry. A lot of people ask me about running a marathon. and yes, I thought about running a marathon in October but I made the decision not to do it. And this is why..

Training for a marathon takes time

If I would run a marathon I would like to run it in a healthy way. I would like to be trained and prepared. A marathon preparation starts around 3 months before the marathon. You need to run long distances (between 20 and 34 km) and you need to run at least 3-4 times per week. And of course, not every run is a long distance run but every run takes time, to run and to recover. I have a full time job, I like to blog, vlog, cook and weight lift on top of running. Training for a marathon would mean less time for other things I love. Without training for a marathon it is easy to combine but a marathon training would change everything..

Marathon training has an impact on your energy level

After a 20 km run I’m exhausted. This doesn’t mean that I can’t do anything but it has an impact on my energy level. Not only on the day of the long distance run but also the day after the run. At the moment I have a very clear understanding of what my body can and can’t handle. I want to make sure my exercises (in the gym or when I’m running) give me energy. When my distances get to long I’m less productive at work and at the moment my job is too interesting and exciting to miss energy.

Marathon training means pressure to me

I love to work under pressure. I really enjoy to deliver results. I set goals for weight lifting but I hate running under pressure. I don’t enjoy running when I need to run according a plan. And I don’t like to start a long distance run with a very clear goal. When I run I listen to my body and based on this I decide on distance of the run. When I was younger I run a lot of competitions. I was always focused on time, distances and results. Although I really enjoyed this I found out I not performing at the desired level when I feel pressure of time, competition or distance. Training for a marathon gives me the same feeling and at the moment it would take away the fun of running.

Marathon training means less time for weight lifting

I love running but I also love weight lifting. This can be a challenging combination but I found away to do both. I run 3 times per week, 1 long distance run and 2 shorts runs (between 5-7 km) and I lift weights 3 times per week. Training for a marathon would completely change this. It would mean more runs per week and different types of exercises in the gym. And no, I’m not ready yet to leave the weights alone…

I will never say never a marathon for me. Running a marathon is something very impressive and exciting and I have a lot of respect for people who run the marathon. My boyfriend finished his first marathon last year and at the moment he trains for his second marathon. And of course, living together and following (almost) every step of his training triggers me. But at the moment I have the freedom to enjoy running and to do everything else I love and that’s the most important!

Do you think about running a marathon?

With love, from Dublin..

 

 

9 thoughts on “This is why I don't run a marathon (soon)

  1. Nice post.

    I am training for a marathon on a ketogenic diet. So have to follow the MAF method, which means you can run long without is sapping your energy levels. Just takes time you build up your aerobic base.

  2. You make great points and I agree with the time commitment! I’m gearing up for my first full marathon and have been able to keep 3 days of lifting (2 upper body and 1 lower body) but will be cutting that down in the next week to allow more time for rest! Being my first marathon, I’m not pressuring myself for a certain time/pace, I just want to finish and accomplish this long awaited goal! Great post, and I hope you experience a full marathon in the future! πŸ™‚

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