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What Nobody Tells You About Training For a Marathon

What Nobody Tells You About Training For a Marathon

Marathon Training Tips

Yesterday, I ran my first marathon!  To be completely honest, as weird as is it, I enjoyed the marathon training 10x more than the actual marathon.  With the combination of the freezing temperature, and 30mph winds it was t.o.u.g.h.  I also am fighting a cold so I had taken Sudafed before running which left me feeling awfully dizzy at some (OK most) miles (note: don’t ever do that!!) Despite the unplanned resistance training (credz to @h3ath3rf3ath3r for the term) and my body not cooperating, I am beyond happy for the experience and beyond glad I did it! And I would  be amiss if I didn’t mention how blessed I am to have met so many amazing, like-minded individuals… peep Heather and Caroline!

I can truly say that I have grown to love the sport of running and this definitely won’t be my last marathon.  Congratulations to all the runners of the Philly Marathon, especially my friends Ron, Heather, Asja, Ross, Heather, and Caroline!

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Now, since I am sure you don’t want a full mile by mile recap and since I spent mile 8-18 thinking about this yesterday, here are a few things that nobody tells you about marathon training.

PREPARING FOR A MARATHON:

It hurts. It hurts in weird ways.  Parts of your body that you didn’t even know existed will hurt.  You may even get a sexy sports bra rash. But, that’s OK, if it didn’t hurt, you would be a super human.

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There will come days, where you will have to hop on a treadmill and run massive amounts of miles.  When I left school to work for a weekend in Baltimore, I ran 15 miles on a treadmill, watched the news loop 3 full times, and had to restart the treadmill 4 times.  It will be rough.  But, when you are done you will feel like you can conquer anything, and you CAN.

On the same note, there will be days that you have to  wake up or go to bed at ungodly hours in order to get your miles in.  But, that’s the price we are willing to pay.  You’re whole body and soul needs to be in it.change

Life doesn’t put itself on hold.  Yeah, maybe you ran 18 miles that morning, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to go to school, or work, and be on your feet all day. But, that’s OK, running a marathon is meant to add to your life, not take away.

You will know everything there is to know about your area, and all the ~cool~ trails, roads, and sites there are to see.run

The second day is the worst.  Sure, you may be sore and tired after that long run, but the next day…. that’s when it gets ya. Beware of ~the steps~.  But that’s OK, sore means you pushed yourself.

Your phone, or your ipod, will most likely die at one point when you need it most. But, that is also when you will grow the most. There is something beautiful in being so immersed in  the world.

The hunger is real. When you rev your metabolism that hard that frequently, you’re going to be hungry, ravenous maybe.  It’s kind of a struggle but at the same time wonderful  because you earned all that good food.

There is a point when the issue isn’t your cardiovascular system being tired, but your mind being tired. You will experience some of the mentally toughest hours you ever have, but nothing worth having comes easy.  I wrote an article on how to get through those tough long runs if you are interested.

There are times you are going to want to cry and times that you are going to be on top of the world. It is a roller coaster, but one worth waiting in line for.

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But, this is all OK, it is not meant to be easy.  It is meant to change you and to challenge you.  It is meant to give you a new perspective on life and your body. 

This is all OK, because the moment you cross that finish line will be one of the best moments of your entire life, and NOTHING can take that away from you.

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YOU MAKE YOU xoox,

Colby

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Running Strong in the Rain // 30 Day Blogging Challenge #4

Running Strong in the Rain // 30 Day Blogging Challenge #4

Not all runs are perfect.  Especially when you are training for a race, there are bound to be days that the weather won’t be on your side, but you still have to train.  You could always run on the treadmill, but if you are like me and are forever scarred by the 15 mile run on a treadmill during which you watched the morning news loop 3 TIMES through, you would choose to run in the pouring rain than on a machine for three hours.   Also, running in the rain is refreshing, it is a new challenge, it adds a new dimension to your game, and honestly it is cool.  Now, if it is storming… DO NOT RUN OUTSIDE.  I repeat, do not!! But, if it isn’t … I challenge you to GO FOR IT!  Who knows, maybe race day will be overcast and rainy and you know what they always say: ‘Nothing new on race day’.  You don’t want the first time you experience running in bad weather to be on race day.

Today I ran 17 miles in rain, the pouring rain to be exact.  My clothes were soaked to the bone.
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HERE ARE MY TIPS FOR YOU TO CONQUER THE RAIN:

  • Hat.  Wear a hat, it will get soaked, but it will prevent you from having to clear your eyes every other second.  Plus, you get to watch the rain drip from the rim.
  • Knock out as many senses as possible.  The fewer senses that are perceiving the rain, the less you focus on it.  Put in headphones and turn that music up so you can’t hear the rain.  Wear long sleeves, long pants, and a hat so you don’t feel the rain hitting your skin.  ETC.  Keep your eyes open though.  Please keep your eyes open.
  • Realize that RAIN COMES IN CYCLES.  It really does. It will rain lightly, then v aggressively, and then back to lightly.  When it’s aggressive, don’t panic, don’t think about quitting and looking for shelter to call your mom to pick you up — it would take my mom 4 hours so — just RUN IT OUT.   The aggressive stage will pass, it will lighten up, and then hold on to the memories of the light rain when it gets aggressive again.
  • Avoid running where cars are moving.  Even if that means running on a sidewalk instead of asphalt, it is better to take the hit one day than to get soaked by a car driving past.
  • Don’t complain.  Have ZERO negative thoughts.  Imagine a beautiful day if you have to.  Just don’t let negativity enter your head.  As soon as it does, you make it that much harder for yourself.
  • AS SOON AS YOU GET BACK get out of your wet clothes.  Your body temperature is going to drop.  Fast.  You want to be out of the soaking wet clothes and in something comfortable so you can drain you legs like usual and worry about showering later…. the rain was your shower, right?

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I want to know, do you like to run in the rain? Do you have any tips to share?

ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU MAKE YOU!

xoxo,

Colby

See you for day 5 tomorrow!

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Running in the middle of the road // 30 Day Blogging Challenge #1

Running in the middle of the road // 30 Day Blogging Challenge #1

Yesterday, I was texting my mom “I want to do more for YouMakeYou® but I don’t know what to do”, and then I laughed (literally) as I realized I just wrote an entire post about not taking your own advice.  If I wanted to do more for YouMakeYou®, I should just do it.  I flipped my ‘but’ and said “I don’t know what to do, but I want to do more for YouMakeYou®” then I spent the next few minutes thinking about what I could do.  I truly do love to write (computer science engineering major, lol hi what) so I decided to take on a 30 day blogging challenge! AKA I will be writing a blog post everyday for the next 30 days.

ENTER DAY 1.

On Wednesday’s, I have to be in lab by 8am (+ time before to get my shit together to stop sweating after making the 15 minute hike over).

No joke.  So, I wake up around 5:30am to get my run in, PEEP marathon in 32 days.  I could do my run in the evening but I honestly love running before the sun comes up.  Sure, I wouldn’t do it every day, but once or twice a week… I look forward to it.  Here is why:

  1. There is hardly ever anyone on the road, aka I can run right smack dab in the middle of the street and feel like a bad a$$.
  2. There is no breeze like a pre-day breeze.  Is that a word? Is that weird? It is so clean, so fresh, so crisp.
  3. I get to be alone with my thoughts.  I love my ‘me time’, more accurately, I need my me time, as much as I love my friends and family, I could go days chillin’ by myself and be perfectly fine.  During the year I took off from school to heal myself, I was alone 99% of the time, I actually lived alone for a portion of it.  I went from that extreme, to now living in a house with over 40 girls, the other extreme– ‘me time’ is now less than rare, so on days like today where I am up before the other 20,000 people on campus, I am completely an utterly alone and I love it– running through the scarce streets of a campus so often dotted endlessly with people is refreshing and empowering.  Leading to number 4..
  4. I run without headphones so I am deserted from not only people but technology, and left solely with my thoughts.
  5. And, I can’t forget the stunning, clean, views of the sun rising.
  6. Cornell Sunrise

This is why I wake up before the sun.  I get to run up along side it.   It makes me feel strong, it grounds me and brings me back to who I am.  It tears me away from the flow of the world and people around me that is so easy to get caught up in.  It allows me to re-align with my soul.

I want to know:

What is your favorite time to run/workout? Leave a comment below!

I will see you tomorrow and remember YOU MAKE YOU!

xoxo,

Colby

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How to Get Through Long Runs // Marathon Training

How to Get Through Long Runs // Marathon Training

Marathon training has come! In just over 3 months I will be trotting my way through 26.2 miles in Philadelphia, PA. Will anyone else be? #letmeknow Whether your long run is 3 miles or 23, I know it can be challenging at points so I wanted to share some of my TOP SECRET tips with you 😉

TOP SECRET TIPS TO KILLING YOUR LONG RUNS

PODCASTS: If you have an iPhone, you can go to the Podcast app on your phone that is pre-installed and search just about anything and everything. Once you find some you like, you can download them via WiFi directly to your phone to listen to when you are out and running. Podcasts will run anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour. If you get one that you are really interested in, honestly the time FLIES. I actually accidently ran too far the other day because I was engaged in what I was listening to. Two of my favorites: Girl Boss, School of Greatness

Kind of dabbling with the idea of doing my own Podcasts soon! Thoughts?

SWITCH UP YOUR EVERYTHING: Your route, your terrain, your color socks, ALL OF IT. I know some people like to religiously stick to their route and I am not going to tell you that is bad. I think that is awesome, you’ve found something you are comfortable and happy with!  But, I also want to challenge you to switch it up every now and then. It is like a mind game. When you let yourself get too comfortable with the same thing, you may slack off without even knowing it, and even more… your body gets used to doing the same thing over and over, you may plateau and stop seeing benefits. You also miss out on the chance to stumble upon something new that you may like even more. By running to a new place, you also create a slight distraction from distance as you are taking in your surroundings!

One time I went on a new route and found MILES of new trails to explore….

GRAB A BUD. This is honestly probably the last thing I ever thought I would say. Run with a friend. I have always been an alone worker-outer. Yes, coining that word. I love to get in the zone and tune everything out besides myself and my workout. I love challenges, I love challenging myself, and I enjoy my one-on-one time to do so. However, this past summer I began working out with one of my best friends and my horizons expanded beyond imagination. I still love working out alone, but I no longer hesitate to work out with someone else when the opportunity arises. It adds some extra motivation, as well as distraction when needed.

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Actually, the last day I was in France I was pumped to get my workout in on the pier in front of my apartment right on top of the Mediterranean. I had my whole workout planned out and was ready to power through it. About 10 minutes in, a 15 year old boy who had been trying to workout himself nearby walked over and in the cutest little French voice asked if he could workout with me. I knew he would slow me down, but I said yes anyway and I still got my workout in and was able to make this little boy’s day; he was so proud of himself!

Stop thinking about how bored, or tired, or thirsty, or how much your legs hurt. Seriously, the second you let your mind admit to any of that it gets that much harder. Think about things that make you happy, what you are excited for, make up stories, do anything besides admit to being tired.

I make a point of mentioning this during every spin class I teach. At one of the toughest points, I will look at my class and say ‘Everyone smile right now, think about what makes you the happiest in the world, that is it.’ And I literally can see a second wave of energy hit every single rider. It is the power of the mind.. #YouMakeYou

Post 12 miles sweat && rolls (loud & proud): 


I want to know:

What is your favorite song to run to? Mine is Run Boy Run by Woodkid

ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU MAKE YOU

xoxo, Colby

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