- Being able to cook pasta on a regular basis, and find new and interesting ways to do so that don't leave everybody else in the family jaded (Jo Pratt in her excellent book In The Mood for Food gives a wonderful recipe for pasta meatballs in chianti which she devised to feed her husband when he was marathon training).
- Being able to recall at a moment's notice where abouts in the washing cycle the favourite pair of running shorts is (there will be three seemingly identical pairs of running shorts, but one will be better than the other two).
- Washing stinky running kit ALL THE TIME (or don't wash it, but then don't moan when someone else leaves it festering for days and then puts it in the machine a minute before you really needed to do an emergency school uniform wash).
- Not laughing, teasing, or taking photos when the marathon trainer does his stretches on the bedroom floor.
- Being tolerant of their enormous capacity for sleep. Long distance runners are either going for long runs for hours at a time, or sleeping off long runs for hours at a time.
- Concentrating when listening to descriptions of their long runs. In particular try not to get muddled between kilometres and miles and remember what times they're aiming for so that you can say helpful things like "10k in under forty five minutes? well done, darling!" rather than unhelpful things like "so are you going any faster yet?".
Sunday, 14 March 2010
The marathon training
Supporting someone who is training for a marathon requires many skills: