I often get the same questions in regards to this and the other races I’ve run. Most of my time and energy goes into training for the races instead of the races themselves- running is really a journey sport more so than the destination. I have found marathon training to be quite similar to half marathon training. This initially surprised me until I realized that training doesn’t involve running twice as much (that would be 80+ miles per week!), just increasing endurance and duration in general. This is what my basic training plan looks like from Cool Running and below, I’ll answer my FAQ.
Don’t your lungs hurt when you run in the cold?
No, they don’t. However I know many people have an issue with this and experience asthma-like symptoms. If the cold bothers your lungs, then eliminate the cold air. Run with a bandana around your mouth. Your hot mouth will warm up the air before it hits your windpipe and lungs. Soon you’ll be breathing hot spit all over the bandana, frantically rip it off and won’t think twice about the cold air and your lungs.
Don’t long runs get boring?
Haven’t you heard that only boring people get bored? I like to run as a meditation, as a empowering workout, or as a way to work out stress. Any of these intentions fills me with purpose. That being said, sometimes, after I’ve been running for two hours, I am tired of running. I wouldn’t say I’m bored, however.
Do you run with music?
Sometimes yes and sometimes no. As I mentioned, I run as meditation, empowerment exercise, or to work on stress. The latter two find me using music. I suggest reading studies on how music can help runner’s performances. I also suggest being in the moment, creating awareness of your surroundings, and checking in with your inner thoughts.
How do you stay hydrated? What about eating?
This is a personal question, because different bodies need different amounts of food and hydration. One of my friends needs frequent water to prevent overheating, and my ma eats about twice as much as I do during a run. If I followed their lead, I’d inevitably be throwing up on the side of the road (like I did when I was experimenting what worked for me). I always take water and food if I’m running over 8 miles. The amount of water I take is directly affected by the temperature. In Boston, I run in 0 degrees to 95 degrees F.
What’s that on your wrist? Do you have a condition?
What you’re looking at is my Road ID. (I’m not affiliated with the company in any way). But I really stand behind their product and its purpose. I forced my ma and sister to get bracelets because one bikes in the city and the other runs in suburbia in dark early mornings.
The purpose of the ID is to identify me to medical staff and first responders, should I be so unlucky as to fall, be hit by something and/or otherwise be incapacitated. My ID lists my name, year of birth, place of residence, and emergency contact. I do not suffer from any condition or allergy, but if I did, it would go on the ID. I bicycle 10-30 miles weekly and run 20-45 miles weekly. Better safe than sorry.
Any more questions? Feel free to send them my way.