10 things I have learnt from marathon training this year


This summer has been a transformational time for me as I have been going from not being up to running a marathon to getting myself as ready as possible to run another marathon.

Learning on the go

I have been keeping a weekly journal with my progress and thoughts along the way and making notes of key things that I have learnt. These tips aren’t just applicable to running, but to many other different aspects of life too.

What have I learnt this year?

10 key things

Here are these 10 key things I have learnt so far this summer:

1 – Break down perceptions that something or part of a course is too hard. Invariably it isn’t, you just need to work harder!

2 – Rocky Balboa never settled for being on the ropes, he launched himself into the next attack!

3 – Rest is an investment if used properly.

4 – If it wasn’t nice or pretty but you got the job done, tick the box and move on.

5 – Making mistakes, if indeed they are mistakes, is one thing, but learning from them is what turns them into better experiences in the future.

6 – If you can’t look back and review the lows in your performance, then you shouldn’t enjoy the highs when you review those also.

7 – It is key to get the most useful bit of analysis out of a run – perspective!

8 – Learning to break down a course into sections is essential so not to get mindblown by the enormity of the task in hand!

9 – No one has all the answers, most of us are just doing the best we can along the way.

10 – Stretch often, hydrate sensibly, don’t forget to believe in yourself.

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