Whenever people find out I run marathons (and other distances) for a living, they love to grill me about my training. How many miles a week do you run? What do you think about during all those miles? What’s your standard long run? Favorite workout? Best mile time? Next race?
These questions rarely get at the not-so-sparkly moments in between my runs. Understandably so — my stretching routine isn’t nearly as sexy as my triple-digit weeks or my “secret” to running 5:19 pace for 13.1 miles. And my soft-tissue massages and afternoon naps aren’t exactly inspiring anyone to lace up and get after it. But in a career like mine, which rewards consistency, meticulousness and a high tolerance for the mundane, those little things add up to big things, which allow me to train hard month after month, year after year.