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These GIFs Show What Marathon Training Is Really Like

The GIFs Got It

We are solidly in the middle of summer and runners everywhere are sweating it out on a daily basis, their eyes firmly set on their fall marathons. Who said running is easy? It’s the hard work that makes it so rewarding. Even so, it always puts things in perspective when we can have a little fun with our sport. Let’s take a look at marathon training as told by GIFs.

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When someone tells you that your marathon goal (or even your goal to complete a marathon) is too ambitious.

How we feel at the beginning of our training:

That feeling after your first 20-mile training run.

When you nail a speed workout:

And because you really need to pump yourself up after your tempo run…

Those taper crazies (you’re just ready to race, already!).

You did it: you ran a marathon! Whether it’s your first or your 20th, it’s just amazing that you actually ran 26.2 miles.

After you’ve run that huge race, it’s time to celebrate!

Now it’s time to hit the road! Happy training and remember to dream big.


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Nat Runs Far

Nat Runs Far

Natalie Mitchell is NatRunsFar. Natalie is mom to three young kiddos and wife to her best friend. She is a seven-time marathoner, four-time Boston qualifier and five-time triathlete. Natalie enjoys taking her readers on a journey of running, inspiration, motherhood, chasing dreams and how to balance it all with a smile. When she isn't running, you'll find her playing with her kids on the beach, hiking, baking or reading. Natalie and her family also love to travel and you can find pictures of their outdoor adventures at and social media. She is an ambassador for Procompression and Stonyfield. Follow her daily musings on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NatRunsFar.