Marathon Mania and Rookie Mistakes

There’s an AWESOME marathon in Beirut on the 26th of May for Women Empowerment and I’m running (Gulp!). I’m not a “runner” per se. I enjoy jogging a couple of times per week, maybe more if the weather is good – but running 10k? I might be pushing my luck. I’m truly inspired though, because only a few weeks ago, a good friend of mine went from not-even-a-jogger to running a 21k marathon to raise money for a charity that offers cancer treatment for kids. I  consulted him on his run with regards to nutrition, and even gave him a recipe for his own personal “gatorade” drink instead of consuming a store-bought one with a dash of flame retardant (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read here)

make your own
Make your own marathon drink!
Recipe here
His run!
Look at the calories burnt! If that’s not motivation, then I dunno what is!

 

What you need to know here is that THERE IS NO GOLDEN RULE. What works for your body might not work for someone else, so be sure to listen to what your body is telling you and before anything else – make sure to be mentally prepared for this challenge. There’s a beautiful quote on why your mind is key player in your running routine:

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

I don’t like Friday posts to be long, so I’m going to dedicate Monday’s post to include my training ritual and tips on how you can make that routine work for you.

In the meantime, TGIF!

women's marathon
photo from www.beirutmarathon.org

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2 thoughts on “Marathon Mania and Rookie Mistakes”

    1. i’m ATTEMPTING to run – but calling me a runner is a stretch – for now 🙂 i’m a terrible swimmer so there might be something abt being a runner or a swimmer and not both? haha

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