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.
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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. … Read More
So, I finished my first marathon.
On Saturday when I wrote “I’m running a marathon tomorrow,” I said that sentence sounded crazy to me. Well, the one above now sounds even crazier.
I did it, and I’m still kind of in shock that I actually finished the race. A whole marathon. 26.2 miles.
Not that I ever doubted myself, but this was definitely one of the toughest things I’ve ever done and there were points during the race where my mind was telling me to give up. I definitely hit a wall around mile 17 and it took every ounce of my determination to keep going. … Read More
I’m running a marathon tomorrow.
Even though I’ve done the training and I’ve been planning this race for almost two years now, that sentence still sounds crazy to me.
If five years ago you told me I’d voluntarily sign up for a marathon, I probably would have laughed in your face. It’s still hard to believe that running went from a sport that I completely hated to an activity that is now such an integral and meaningful part of my life. … Read More
Confession: Yesterday I let a lack of motivation get the best of me.
I was planning on going to the gym to run on the treadmill after work, but at some point during my train ride home I decided that I just wasn’t going to go.
It was pouring rain and windy outside; all I kept thinking was, “Once I get home, there’s no way I’m going back out again.” The more I thought that, the more I was able to convince myself that skipping the gym was a good idea.
Basically, my excuse was as simple as, “It’s raining out and I don’t feel like going to the gym.”
But you know what? I don’t feel guilty and I stand by my decision. … Read More