I was just perusing the Disneyland Half Marathon race weekend program because that’s a thing that I do when I just need a little something to get me through the day and I saw Jeff Galloway talking about going from the half marathon to the full, saying, “Training for a marathon does not require much more training than for a half marathon: 30 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday, and 60 minutes on most weekends, as the minimum.”
My initial response to this is the following: wtf marathon is he running and how can I sign up for that one because I obviously picked the wrong marathon. After my first marathon in January, I spent the spring working on half marathons and now that I’m transitioning back into training for a full I can say unequivocally the following: a marathon is a lot more work. It leaves me feeling more tired and hungrier. Rungry and Rangry all at the same time.
It’s like runners’ PMS.
There are plenty of blogs out there that will show you people who run a marathon on a whim (“I just decided at the expo to run the full! Those three hours were rough!”) or every weekend or twice a week. If that’s what you’re looking for then I have no idea how you ended up here.
Because in the world that I inhabit, marathons are a lot of work. Yeah, that’s right, they’re a lot of freaking work and they’re difficult. I don’t say this to scare you away from a marathon if you haven’t done one yet or are thinking about one, I say it to reassure you. Yes, for many people in this particular universe, the marathon is a difficult thing. It’s a big deal. A substantial commitment in both time and energy. So if you think you’re alone because your marathon training feels tough and like it’s a lot more work than you’re used to for say, a half, I just want you to know that you’re not alone.