How To Set A Realistic Marathon Goal Time

How To Set A Marathon Goal

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my marathon goals lately.

Big surprise, right? I just started training for the NYC Marathon, so it’s no shocker that this has been on my mind. Oh and then there’s the fact that I talk about it nonstop.

Let’s see who gets sick of me and my marathon talk first!

I’m totally kidding. This is a blog about running after all — a perfectly appropriate place to talk about marathon training and marathon goal times.

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My 2016 Marathon Goals

Marathon Training Goals

One of the most important parts of setting marathon goals (or any goal, really) is writing them down. Setting them in ink (or, internet ink, in my case). Making them official, more or less.

Writing your goals down not only helps you remember what exactly your working towards, but it helps hold you accountable, and especially if you share them with others. So … right now, I’m sharing my 2016 NYC Marathon  goals, so I can keep track of what I’m working towards and so y’all can help hold me accountable!

What are my marathon goals for this particular race? I have a pretty hefty list. They involve not only my time goals for race day, but also what I hope to accomplish in training.

P.S. Part 1 of this post — How To Set A Realistic Marathon Goal — explains how I came up with my goal times and more importantly, how you can set a realistic goal for your own race.

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Banana Peach Protein Smoothie

Banana Peach Protein Smoothie

One of my favorite things about summer is all of the in-season, fresh fruit you can find at the grocery store.

And sure, it’s great for eating all on its own — few things are greater than sinking your teeth  right into a juicy, bright red slice of watermelon or popping a sweet, succulent strawberry right into your mouth — but personally, my favorite thing about fresh summer fruit is turning it into smoothies.

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Q&A With Coach: Jason Fitzgerald Of Strength Running Shares His Top Marathon Training Tips

Marathon Training Tips

Oh marathon training … For many runners it’s a love-hate relationship. On the one hand, you have a solid excuse to run (what many would consider) an absurd amount of miles on a weekly basis for anywhere from 16 to 20 full weeks and no one can call you crazy for it.

Wait, no. Scratch that thought … People will still call you crazy.

Whatever. What I mean is, you have a legit goal that involves a 26.2 mile race and a tangible objective for all of your running workouts that infuses your training with a real and powerful sense of purpose

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4 Feel-Good Habits You Can Start Now

4 Feel-Good Habits You Can Start Now

One really important thing I’ve learned about being healthy over the past 5 or 6 years, it’s that it goes far beyond what you eat and exercising.

It’s about how you feel overall — physically and mentally — and diet and exercise are only a small piece of the healthy living puzzle. The other important thing that I’ve learned is that everyone is different: The healthy living habits that work best for me might not be the same for you. That’s OK. Read More

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