But what do you think to yourself when the going gets tough, Emmy?
When everything is really sore, and you think "Why the flock am I doing this? This hurts and it's not fun and it's all stupid." I know these emotions come and go as you run but what happens when they endure for the whole run.
To go out running the day after a marathon (however short the run is) seems like a monumental achievement.
Is there anything specific you did to get used to the idea of running long distances on consecutive days?
Hmm... I've been thinking about this. When I step upto the start of the marathon I never have in my mind that i cannot do this. I instead think - it's just the wrong side of 26.2.
I also think that everytime I'm running -i'm running towards the finish line. I just let my mind wander around. What else is going on, talking to other runners, chipping people off. I have mantra's that I say to myself, songs that I sing but most of all - running is my "me" time and for a lot of runs - i'm processing stuff. Processing the day, processing my life, planning my work day.
When it comes to the recovery run - I think: the first mile will hurt but i'll hurt less at the end of it - so it doesnt seem as bad and its always right. The first miles may be tough but once you're warmed up - you're fine.
Then coming up to the consecutive days of marathons - you need to have it in your mind that this isnt one day, one marathon. This is just a journey that you're going on and you need to reserve your strength and energy.
During the Quad (4 marathons in 4 days) I asked a few people how to prepare and they said: start out on the day 1 slower (this was 10min miles) and just keep that up for the first 2 days. Then speed up. Day 4 was my fastest day of the entire lot and it was because i had run within myself but also because i had recovered well. I always eat and drink something within 30 minutes of finishing.