Marathons vs the AT
As many of you know, I run marathons in my ‘real’ life. I have done 26 marathons in 25 different states, plus DC. I have found it interesting to compare and contrast the marathon with the Appalachian Trail.
– need to be mentally tough
– I picture runs from home when I am 5 miles out from the finish of a marathon. I try to feel like I am just starting out and then the mileage doesn’t seem so bad. I do the same in hiking
– I try to break the distance into small chunks of time, like I will go this far until I take a break while hiking or the marathon is just a little over 5 miles 5 times.
– I get butterflies before starting marathons and coming off of zero days
– I often ask myself why I am doing this
– I psych myself up for the amount of miles that I am doing. I can do 20 miles if I am prepared, but if I am only doing 3, I don’t like to go farther.
– I don’t sleep well the night before a marathon (I haven’t slept really well since I started the trail)
– I need to warm up when starting each day
– I see people ahead of me in the register and wish I was where they are, in a marathon you see the leaders during an out and back
– I see people going south on the at and am glad I don’t have to do that part again. 🙂
– I hike and run alone most of the time.
– both can seem like a job at times.
– it takes longer to do a mile while hiking
– straight roads vs curvy trails and a lot of elevation change
– I go for time instead of miles when hiking
– running is over quicker
– miles are based on shelters and places to stay
– I max out at 50 miles per week when training for a marathon, I max out at 100 miles when hiking
– marathon training takes about 4 months, the trail will take me 6
– I only run for max 3 hours a day, hiking pushes 12 hours some days