Before I started training for a marathon, I had heard stories of all the fun things that can happen to your mind and to your body by the time you finish. Several people had also told me that the whole process tends to take over your life, but I didn’t really believe it.
I was wrong.
First of all, I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on running clothes and gear. Whoever said running is cheap (me, in the past) is wrong.
Things I have bought that I didn’t have before marathon training include: a Garmin, a spibelt, a foam roller, new running shoes, numerous Gu packets, countless Nuun tablets, several new shirts and shorts/capris, lots of new socks, and a pair Yurbuds.
FYI, Yurbuds are awesome earphones that stay put, no matter what. This may be hard to believe, but when you are sweating for over 3 hours, your earphones can fall out of your ears. Yurbuds don’t do that. They stayed in place during my entire 20 miler in the rain.
These new purchases are now taking up the majority of my small bedroom:
In addition to all of this new stuff, there have been a lot of other changes. Especially to my body. Here is just a little sampling of fun things that have happened:
- My feet are disgusting. Like really, really disgusting. I will spare you a picture, so you will just have to trust me. Yes, I have already lost one toenail, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I lose another. I know this really grosses some people out, but it honestly doesn’t bother me too much. It’s easier without that toenail.
- My leg muscles are bigger. I can tell a difference when I put on some on my jeans and boots. I am not surprised at all by this development, and I don’t really mind it.
- I haven’t really been weighing myself, because I want to eat based on fueling rather than the scale, but I can tell you that I have not lost weight. I don’t think I have put on very much either, but I do know that I have added a couple pounds of muscle.
- I have obviously been hungrier. I have finally gotten used to dealing with my hunger and knowing the best way to deal with it (lots of protein, eating often). In the past I only ran to eat, but I am finally understanding how to eat to run. Though, I will never, ever be someone who gives up candy or wine or any of the other delicious treats I enjoy.
I’m sure you are all glad that you now know that much about my body. I got to thinking about all of these things during my run this morning (splits below), but I am sure I am missing lots of other gross changes. Don’t worry, I will keep you updated!