Woman struggles to reach for her foot in a hamstring stretch

Marathon Training – I regret everything?

My marathon training doesn’t even start until January, but I’m already starting to worry about the amount of time it’s going to take up in my life. And I hate to say it, but I think I’m actually regretting my decision to register for the race. I’m feeling trapped by the commitment. I’m already thinking that after this I’ll never sign up for a race again.

The thing is, it’s not even that much more time than I’m running right now. Yes, my long runs are longer, but the training plan I selected (from Marathon Training Academy – excellent podcast) only has three runs a week, vs the four I’m supposed to be doing in the half marathon plan I’m following now.

I think my problem is being burnt out on training, period. I’m looking forward to being finished this half marathon, and then simply running to maintain my base until January. Hopefully the pressure-free maintenance runs will be the break I need, and I’ll start marathon training with some more mental resilience.


  1. Girl! Just remember to stay in the day. I know it’s hard, but don’t worry about the next thing you have to do until it’s actually the very next thing you have to do. You’re not ready to start training right now–cause you’re not supposed to start training right now! Day at a time–you’ll rest, you’ll be inspired, you’ll grow…you’ll get there. Trust the process–doubts doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path, just means you are human!


  2. Don’t even sweat it girlfriend! I have barely started training and already had to take a few days off for work AND my tattoo. We’ve got loads of time to get ready for this and the truth is, the important part is getting those long runs in, plus another one or two a week. As long as you are running 2-3 days, making your long distance and getting in another 1-2 cross-training days it will be JUST FINE! We’ve got this!


      • I think that is the best remedy for what ails you! It really can be hard to stick with things when you know the goal is SO FAR away. Plus, the weather is so shitty this time of year :/


      • Totally. I mean, technically the goal isn’t that far away since I am registered for a half later this month, but I’m not sure I’ll end up running it. I’m just… over it with training for now. I get like this a lot. I love racing until I don’t! Then I know I need to give myself a break.


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