How does the saying go? “Train the same and remain insane” or is it “Training the same is insane”?
I don’t know, but what I do know is that when marathon training went from weeks and months to years and well years of workouts, things started to feel a bit insane.
The strangest part is how I grew accustomed to the insanity and it began to feel normal. The only reason I even know it was a bit insane was because I finally stopped marathon training. It took a few months, but I’ve started to feel a positive shift away from my marathon brain.
I live in a bubble and if you read this blog, you and I probably live in the same bubble. In our little corner of the world it’s normal to see how much, how far and how often we can run. There’s nothing innately wrong with that, it just isn’t right for me right now. However, the marathon has without a doubt been glorified above other races. How we got to this point, I’m not so sure.
This year, the insanity had to stop for me personally. And I’ve had a shift in thinking, how I eat and what I prioritize. Marathon training for so long fogged my views and drained my energy in ways I would have denied for the past three years. Maybe I’m just wired to obsess too much, but marathon training took up a lot of brain space. Without it I feel free, well-rested and have tons of energy to devote to other things.
What am I doing now that I’m not marathon training, worrying about marathon training and busy recovering from marathon training?
I’m actually running more frequently, because my legs aren’t so fatigued all the time.
I manage to fit in hot yoga, running and strength training all in the same week while putting in a good effort at each. I don’t have to hold back in my cross-training workouts in the ways I did during marathon training. I’m all in for each of these workouts, not just the running workouts.
Most importantly, I’m shifting my thinking. I’m less afraid of injury. I once again believe that a thirty-minute workout actually can be enough. My workouts don’t stress me out. I’m not hungry ALL. THE. TIME. And most importantly I look forward to my daily workout in ways I haven’t in years.
Last May, Lauren Fleshman wrote 10 Reasons the 5k is Freaking Awesome and makes several great points about racing shorter distances (if you haven’t read it, read it!). I’ve missed racing and I’ve missed racing often. Stay tuned for more updates on changes in my running and races. I hope to see you out on the streets and in the parks at several races this year!