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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“Running never gets easier, you get stronger.”
I want you to keep this quote in mind as you embark on this new journey to make running a part of your life.
The first thing you should know is that you’re going to have A BLAST. If you follow this guide (which includes a free 6-week “couch to 5K” plan — see below) and you consistently put in the work it takes to build running strength and endurance, you will slowly but surely start to FEEL like a runner. … Read More
Mark and I had a very typical runner/significant other of a runner conversation last night.
Me: Hey Babe, I’m thinking of signing up for the Philly Half Marathon with Nicole this year. Wouldn’t it be fun to do a weekend in Philly in the fall?
Mark: Babe, the Philly Marathon is at the end of November … like a few weeks after the New York City Marathon.
Me: I know …
Mark: Last year after the NYC Marathon you didn’t want to run for like two months.
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OK, so what I’m about to share goes against everything I’ve ever said about buying running shoes. But if you really want to save money and get the best deals on running shoes, well then you should probably be buying them online. At least that’s what some recently released stats from my friends at RunRepeat show! … Read More
It took me a pretty long time to truly understand just how important nutrition is when it comes to maintaining a balanced, healthy and strong running routine, and especially when you’re intensely training for a long-distance race like a half marathon.
Recently I shared my 2016 half marathon training plan (and my NYC Half Marathon Race Recap — the race that I was using the plan to prepare for) which I was extremely pleased with, given it did end up helping me reach my goal!
In sharing my training plan, I mentioned that I was also taking my nutrition/eating habits pretty seriously and promised to share my half marathon training nutrition strategy, which I feel had a very positive impact on my training and overall running performance. … Read More