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Marathon Training

Marathon Training…Likes and Dislikes

Marathon training is hard. (No Sh*t Sherlock!) The constant repetition of ‘run, eat, sleep, repeat‘ and not much else can be tough. So I thought I would share some of my likes and dislikes of marathon training. At the time of writing this, I have not run a marathon before, so this is my views as a beginner. Will be interesting to see if these change if I choose to take part in more!

Marathon training


  1. Being able to raise money and awareness for a cause that is very dear to me – Motor Neurone Disease Association
  2. Guilt-free extra treats – OK, not extra, just my normal bad eating habits, but not feeling as guilty as normal!
  3. The sense of accomplishment you get once you have completed your run.
  4. The smug pants that you get to wear, figuratively, on the days that you get up early and run before work.
  5. Stats – I love totalling mileage, comparing speeds, looking at the graphs and data that my running creates – sad I know!
  6. Making new friends through Facebook, Twitter etc,  that totally get you, as they are training for a marathon too!
  7. Following a plan, therefore you have no choice, you WILL be running Tues, Wed, Fri and Sunday!
  8. Running lots of other events, in preparation for the marathon. If you are going to be clocking up the miles, you might as well collect the bling along the way.

Someecards - Marathon training


  1. Setting an alarm at the weekend.
  2. Struggling with stairs on a Monday morning.
  3. Constant Runger (Running + Hunger = Runger)
  4. Bypassing nights out, or drinking sessions, as you just don’t want to attempt tomorrows run with a hangover.
  5. Carrying drinks and ‘other fuel’ on the long runs – why are there not aid stations randomly dotted around the streets?!!
  6. The guilty feeling I get when I head out running at weekends. I work full-time, so I feel like weekends should be with my family.
  7. Constantly thinking you should be stretching, strength training, eating sensibly…. but not actually do any of them.
  8. Feeling that you should be looking much slimmer, fitter, athletic, but actually you just look tired.

Surely I have missed lots off these lists. Please feel free to let me know your likes and dislikes in the comment box below. If you want to follow my running journey, subscribe to my blog.



An average runner that has found a passion for running and raising money/awareness for MNDA. I have completed London, New York, and Chicago marathons. I am tempted to go for the Six-Star finishers medal, running all the World Marathon Majors, but that's a dream in progress.

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