The Boston Marathon is six days away.

And everyday this week we’re getting to know 13 students who are running on Marathon Monday.

If you follow anyone who’s been training on Instagram, you’ll likely see their post-run meals, maybe a sappy post or two about pushing through a challenging run, and of course, the infamous snapshot of a watch with distance and timing displays.

But what people aren’t (often) talking about on social media are the tough days and the hardest part about training. Let’s talk about it! We asked, “what is the hardest part about training while in school?”

Balancing schoolwork + training 

You barely have time for all your schoolwork plus time for yourself  already. Now try add hours of training on top of that. “The hardest part was making time for training.

“Not only did I have to fit in my miles, but I added in lifting, cross training, and stretching and recovery sessions. I learned that getting up and getting my run in in the morning was the best way to fit in my miles without impacting school, work, volunteering and studying. That is until my long runs started getting longer. Not only did these take up time from homework, but I had to be better about balancing running and spending time with friends and other commitments. After throwing my training schedule off on a few occasions, I made a point to not stay out too late before a long run, or not go out at all. But I felt like I was missing out on some of stuff that I had looked forward to about senior year.” – Meghan Jastrzembski (Northeastern ’17)

Join us at the Marathon Monday Pre-Game!

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Keeping disciplined

With different events and activities going on literally every single day, it’s easy to let training fall by the wayside, but those 26.2 miles aren’t going to run themselves.

“Especially as a senior, it’s tempting to write off marathon preparations to go out with friends instead. Marathon training requires both physical and mental dedication. You have to make time to put in the miles, to recover properly and to nourish your body. Training has truly required a lifestyle change for me and staying dedicated to that has been the most difficult.” – Madeline Perlewitz (Boston College ’17)

Staying home on Friday nights

Of the thirteen students we talked to, over half mentioned having to compromise their social lives in some way…particularly, having to go to bed early on Friday to wake up for early Saturday runs.

“The hardest part for me are the sacrifices that need to be made in other areas of my life in order to make the training runs successful. Luckily I have awesome friends that still love me even if I go to bed at 8pm on Friday nights and leave events early.” – Bailey Fritzinger (Northeastern ’18)

Raising money

Twelve out of the thirteen students we spoke to are raising money for a charity (no biggie that Erin Techinor from BU qualified to run). And while it’s amazing that all of these students are running for incredible causes, it is a lot of pressure to raise A LOT of money.

“The most daunting and difficult part of this training has actually been fundraising for my charity. It’s an added component that a lot of people face when running the Boston Marathon. The theme of this semester: forgot the research papers and philosophy reading, I have $5000 to raise by April 17th! #priorities” – Sarah Woods (Boston College ’17)

Want to cheer these students on on Marathon Monday? Join us at the CLIF Cheer Zone at Heartbreak Hill! And don’t forget to come pre-game with us too! We’ll be at the new Reebok Boston Showroom on Saturday for the Marathon Monday Pre-Game. Expect bagels, coffee, foam rollers, poster board making stations, and more.

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About The Author

Sarah Gaines in the founder Fit University. Her favorite things include weight lifting, yoga, cooking, social media, traveling & ice cream. Personal motivation: changing the college fitness game.

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