So, I've run a marathon. Thats kinda a big deal. Up there in my top 5 life accomplishments, after giving birth to my daughters, marrying my husband, being born, opening &; running my own business, and tied with earning a degree. Maybe even more of an accomplishment that being born, because I really didn't have much of a say in that one.
Anyway, a few tips for any other Mama's out there who are thinking of running a marathon.
First off- you can do it! If I can do it, any one can.
Second, I've read it over and over and its SO TRUE. Its 10% physical and 90% mental. And if you're a mom, you're already mentally very tough. You have to be!
If you're running the race alone, find a pacer. All of the peeps running around the pacers are up for conversation, including the pacers themselves! I chatted with the pacer for a bit, and then met up with another gal and ended up running with her from mile 2ish to mile 13 (where I saw my family so I slowed down a lot to say hi and give kisses, then could not catch up because of my STUPID KNEE)
If you can, have friends & family cheer you on at different mile markers. So so encouraging to see them when you need it most!
Remember, you have given birth to a child. (In my case, a almost 10 pound baby with no drugs.) Child birth is often compared to running a marathon. So yeah, you've basically already done it. And everytime I was struggling I chanted this in my head.
If you're running a marathon that has a 1/2 marathon running as well, ignore the 1/2 marathoners. Don't look at their mile markers. Its only going to piss you off.
If you need some encouragment, a high five, something- ask for it! Especially at the water station. Those peeps are all about it! I asked one chick for a high five and ended up running through 25 + people, slapping high fives to them all! It was awesome!
Ok, so those are my tips. I've only run one, and I ran it with an injury so yeah, I'm no expert. Just some running wisdom I learned and thought I would share.
And I do hope to run another one. Already planning it :)