Happy Friday everyone! Today I am linking up with Fairytales & Fitness and Running on Happy for Friday Five. This year has been a whirlwind and I can’t believe that a little over a month ago I was running the streets of NYC and before that Chicago.
I’m finally reflecting back on the last two months of my crazy back to back marathons.
Here are five things that I learned from running two marathons in less than 30 days:
I Can Do It!
It was rough and more challenging than I expected, but I learned that if I really want something I can do it no matter how impossible it seems. People told me I was crazy and I embraced it. I proved to myself that where there is a will there is a way.
Mental Toughness Is Everything
This goes for endurance running in general, but by running two marathons in 30 days I learned to lean on my mind to push through. When times got tough I really focused on telling my mind to get me to the finish and relied on mantras. It’s truly amazing how your mind really does control your muscle.
Hard Training = Marathon Readiness
Learning to run successfully on tired legs got me ready for the Chicago Marathon, but really helped me during the NYC Marathon because my legs and body were still so tired from the accumulation of fatigue. I also embraced doing nightly runs then running again in the morning when my legs were still tired.
When In Rome
If you’re going to train hard for 4-5 months you might as well run a second marathon during that training cycle. It was totally worth it and I don’t regret it at all. I was able to run a PR in Chicago and enjoy the experience of the NYC Marathon.
First Race = Goal Race
Chicago was my goal race and I ran NYC for the experience. I am so glad I did it this way! By the time NYC came around I was so happy the pressure to PR was off because I pulled a PR in Chicago weeks before. I think even if I would have had a rough race in Chicago I still would have had the opportunity to perform once NYC rolled around.
The biggest take away I gained from this whole experience was to believe in the power of your dreams. I dreamed of running a PR at Chicago and running the streets of NYC weeks later and I did it! Don’t let anyone or anything tell you that you are not capable of doing what seems impossible. Believe in yourself!
Have you ever been crazy enough to run two marathons this close together?
If you haven’t, would you ever consider it?