Alrighty, so I’m actually 12 weeks into my marathon training (AHHH!), but I think doing a marathon training plan review and a check in on my progress now — and then another after the race — will be helpful for all of you AND myself.
I’m happy to report that so far, overall my training is going really well. Last week in particular was been the most challenging, as I was running on legs that ran 42 miles the week before — the highest weekly mileage I’ve ever done — and I also ended up getting a little sick and was in bed for two days at the end of the week. Luckily I only missed one easy run as a result.
Overall though, I’m feeling strong and I’m confident that finishing out this 16-week plan is going to have me VERY prepared for race day.
The plan I’m following is the intermediate marathon training plan from Coach Jason Fitzgerald’s Injury Prevention for Runners program on StrengthRunning.com.
Sometimes you just have to stop and take a break. It’s that simple. This is especially true when you’re training intensely for a big race (e.g. you’re 12 weeks into NYC Marathon training). I think no matter how many times I learn this lesson or how far I continue into my running career, this lesson will be one I’ll have learn again and again.
First let’s make one thing clear: It’s not unusual for a runner to get sick during marathon training.
Why? “Because our bodies’ resources for immunity against viruses are shared by our bodies’ attempts to adapt to training stimuli,” Marty Beene, a Level 2 USA Track & Field certified coach and creator of Be the Runner told me when I interviewed him about this subject.
In other words, your body is working hard and using resources for your workouts and recovery, some of which would normally be used to bolster your immune system. As a result, your immune system is weaker than usual.
During our early-morning run through the tree-laden, shady paths of Prospect Park last week, Ashley and I happened upon the topic of smoothies.
As you can probably gather on your own, this is not a preposterous or surprising occurrence. Think about it: two healthy living bloggers and runners who schedule workouts together on an almost weekly basis. The topic of smoothies is almost inevitable. In fact, I’d say there’s about a 75% chance it will come up. But I digress.
I recently received the following question from a reader: “I’m eating healthy food, and a good amount, but lately I haven’t been feeling full or satisfied. Any tips?”
This is a really good question and a situation that I can definitely relate to!
I’ve experienced this before, especially during marathon training or other periods where I’m exercising more than what my body is typically accustomed to, although it can also happen if you’re not active or simply exercising moderately.
I’ve found that it can be for a number of different reasons. Here are some suggestions based on my own experience.