10 Unexpected Truths About Running a Marathon

It’s been a few weeks since I finished my Boston Marathon re-do, and while the whole event was memorable from start to finish (most especially the cheers from the crowds that helped motivate all us runners), it wasn’t exactly an easy process. Now that my four months of training are over, I can say with certainty that I’m glad I did it—but I won’t be clamoring to sign up for another marathon anytime soon. Here are 10 reasons why.

YOUR FREE TIME BECOMES ALL ABOUT THE RACE

Friends want to go out of town for the weekend? Have a birthday dinner you can’t miss that just happens to be the same day as your midweek run? Scheduling your time becomes a balancing act between can’t-miss social and work events with better-not-miss 15-milers. Try as you might, you will have to say no to a fun event or two during your marathon months. Be sure you add your marathon training plan to your calendar so you know when you can move things around, and follow these tips on balancing your social life with your training plan.

YOU’LL GAIN WEIGHT

It may not seem possible—you’re constantly in the gym and you just spent two hours running through thousand of calories over the weekend—but it’s true for many. Athlete-like training equals an athlete-like appetite, and while those bulging leg muscles are good news for your race time, they may not exactly make fitting into your skinny jeans any easier. The good news is that you’ll probably be healthier than you were when you started training, so don’t let vanity discourage you from accomplishing an important goal.

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