How to Train for a Marathon…

Many people embark on the journey/goal of running a marathon. More and more are interested in pushing themselves to states of peak performance. Yet, how do we train for a marathon other than running a longer distance, over time; in effect, we run further and longer than the marathon itself. That’s how we train!  That’s how we get ready for something that can seem so long, and like such a tremendous feat:  We aim even higher than the actual goal.  Boy, that’s got me thinking…

There’s got to be some kind of distraction while our muscles are working so hard; and while, in the beginning it’s so challenging, before we realize it, we’ve just keep going, and we keep going. Kind of like my last sentence. The whole movement itself becomes sort of like a sitting meditation. We might not be able to wrap our minds are each and every step, but at some point – we trust our steps.

Of course, not everyone can run a marathon. But, I guess that’s up to the runner and the runner’s body to decide. What do we risk? What are the costs involved? Why do we do such things? What is self-development all about? Can we really improve the lives of others, just by being and becoming our best selves?

12 thoughts on “How to Train for a Marathon…

  1. Being your best positive self can be contagious. Living life like on a runners high carries everything forward like a wave, it doesn’t know why it moves, it just does. 😊

      1. I used to ask why? Like a child about everything….now I let it go, let it flow and so much abundance comes back. Learning the art of being open to acceptance and abundance. This life rocks!

  2. I also like how you said in your reply, “Being your best positive self can be contagious.” That’s a fun way of looking at the “viral” aspect of what we share – if we aim to be our best… then, we put that energy out there. Of course, acceptance… that is also part of the equation. Gotta just love what we do, and that we have a precious life to live… ❤ Thank you for sharing your thoughts here!

  3. I enjoyed these ponderings, Ka. I particularly liked your line about reaching the point where we trust our own steps. Unlike the marathon, I’m not convinced we are training (per se) for anything specific achievement, but rather finding our way back to the place where we trust and hold ourselves with peace and compassion. Once we’re freed of the need to “achieve” a particular feat, I think we can access natural, or “realized”, self-expression. Something for which we never needed to train at all… 🙂 But if we think of the marathon training as burning off our resistance to our natural state… 🙂 Kind of like in the illustration you posted, where I think I caught the words “purge”, “sweat”, etc. Burning off the falsehood to get to the pure root of ourselves…

    Peace
    Michael

    1. You got it, Michael: “…if we think of the marathon training as burning off our resistance to our natural state… 🙂 Kind of like in the illustration you posted where I think I caught the words “purge”, “sweat”, etc. Burning off the falsehood to get to the pure root of ourselves…” It’s amazing isn’t it… ?!? Thanks for you, Ka

  4. Hi Ka, you don’t have to respond to the first comment…unless you want to…. but I did it–I wrote a post using your marathon post as a metaphor for enlightenment, and I’d like to run it by you before I publish it. Would you email me, and I can send it to you for a quick approval? I don’t know if this is standard in the blogosphere, but I’d rather err on the side of polite regard. susanwithpearls@gmail.com

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