Lessons I learned from marathoning


I’m officially retiring from marathons. The above image is true. I learned a lot about myself while training for my marathon. Now that I have retired I can share a few things I learned.

– I learned that I can run many miles, alone, in the Florida heat.

– I learned that it sucks to run many miles, alone, in the Florida heat.
– I learned that running is definitely a social activity for me and I don’t like to do it alone.

– I learned that you can pretty much solve any problem in your life on a 4+ hour run

– I learned that even Disney can’t make miles 20-26 fun (the do the .2 pretty well).

– I learned that I have the drive to push myself but not always the desire. Also, that there is a difference!

– I learned that it is possible to chafe in places you can’t even see!! 

– I learned that slow and steady may win some race but I don’t know where that race was, it wasn’t my race, and being a slow runner sucks!

If you like the marathon distance, good for you! Dedicate a mile in your next race to those who have now sworn off the distance. Personally, I’m looking forward to the many Saturday’s I now get to sleep in instead of doing a long run!

Published by Kim Teter

I am a 35 year old living in Maryland. I'm trying to find a balance between a healthy lifestyle and actually having a life.

3 thoughts on “Lessons I learned from marathoning

  1. So funny. Yeah I agree with you that not even Disney can make a marathon “fun.” And I also agree that being a slow runner sucks! It means for a marathon you’re out there FOREVER. And early morning weekend long runs – the worst! But I guess there’s still something about the marathon. For me I’m so annoyed that I can’t get faster that I keep going at it. It’s mental, I know.

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