Bish, I Be Running Week 3: Can Marathon Training and a Social Life Coexist?

Last week was a good week. Well, socially, that is.

My week kicked off with Labor Day shenanigans (I love me a New York City day party); I went on to cover the premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga, and attended the after-party as our fearless leader Danielle Belton’s guest; and then, I got a last-minute invite to a NYFW party where Cuba Gooding Jr. emphatically said that I look like a young Oprah (I have a witness).


Life is good, but whew, chile. That was a lot.

With all of this weeknight partying (which I am not used to, tbh), I asked myself, “How in the world am I supposed to get my marathon training in?”


As y’all know, I’m supposed to complete 5-6 days of training a week—this includes runs, cross-training, weights, and yoga. Out of the suggested 5-6 training days, I completed all of three. The partying had me spent. I woke up late (at 8 a.m.) on Saturday morning, and was completely dehydrated.

I was exhausted. My mouth was dry, my skin felt dry and everything was pretty gross. I don’t drink alcohol, but am pretty certain that this dehydrated slothful fatigued feeling must be what it’s like to have a hangover. I chugged 64 ounces of water and rested for another hour before I got dressed for my weekly long run.

After all, 17 miles isn’t going to run itself.

I missed my group but still ran. “Here we go,” I thought to myself. I actually took the same path from the previous week (over the 59th St Bridge, to the FDR drive), but on my most recent run, I went past the Williamsburg Bridge (nearly to the Brooklyn Bridge) for extra mileage. I was a little slower than the previous week (I averaged 10:08/mile), but the run was also longer.


I ain’t mad.

Slow(er) miles are better than no miles.
Slow(er) miles are better than no miles.
Photo: Felice León

How did I get through 17 miles all by myself, you say?! To be honest, I have no clue. It was a dicey run, y’all. I had to stop to pee at mile two (because remember, I guzzled 64 oz. of water right before the run). But I after finishing in the restroom, I said a prayer and evoked the spirit of whichever running angels who could hear me to join. In under three hours, I finished my long run.

So, can one have a social life and train for a marathon?! I’m inclined to say no. But for those of you who can, please put ya girl on.


I am running the New York City Marathon with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of loved ones who have fallen to cancer. To donate, click here. I’ll see y’all at the finish line!

Afro-Cuban woman that was born and branded in New York. When León isn't actually creating cool videos, she's thinking of cool videos that she can create.



Define “social life” in the context of your life.

If your social life involves blowing off your practice regimen in order to party to all hours of the night, then you just made a life decision in one direction.

If your social life involves fitting visits with people important to you into the interstices of your schedule, then you made a different kind of life decision.

If your social life involves actually foregoing a social life in order to do nothing but train, then you made yet a different kind of life decision.

What works best for you?