Today, I am happy to have my friend Angelina do a guest post on marathon training. She has less than 2 weeks to go to her first full marathon and I thought it would be great to share her story! We have run several times together during her training and mine and she has become a good friend.
Angelina and I on a 14 mile run…
Hi everyone. I am so excited to guest post today on Nanci’s blog about marathon training. A little back story about me… I am also training for a marathon this year. My marathon is on October 12 in Scranton, PA, the Steamtown Marathon. It will be my first full marathon. I have been marathon training now for almost 5 months and it has changed my life. Some say marathon training is more important than running the marathon itself, while I don’t know that exactly yet, I do have to agree with how much marathon training changes you. I went into this thinking, I am just going to follow a plan and stick with it and that will be it. I will do my runs during the week, cross train, long run on Sunday’s and rest once or twice a week. And you know what, it does start off that way and then life happens. But the most important things I have learned from marathon training so far – I still have just under 2 weeks left, which include me tapering – was learn to adjust to fit your needs and wants.
Going into marathon training, I knew I wanted to just have fun with it. That’s my biggest advice and probably one of the smartest form of advice I could give. Enjoy the journey, make memories from it and watch your life change. Embrace the early mornings, or late nights, embrace the god awful heat, I mean really, we are training in the state of Florida in the summer, I knew that wasn’t going to end well. Don’t worry sweat the small stuff, I know that sounds cliché but it really is true. Don’t worry about the scale, because you know what? You are going to gain. Despite the hundreds of miles you are running, the scale might just be your worst enemy, along with that voice inside of your head that says you can’t go one more mile. Believe me you can and you will. It’s crazy when you see that 20 mile training run on the plan, it looks so scary and it is, but when you get into it and you notice the mileage creep more and more and the pain in your legs and feet start to feel less and less, deep inside you know you are going to finish.
Get used to talking about it all the time. My conversations revolve around 3 stages, BM ( before marathon), for instance, what I will do, how I will sleep, what I will eat, and what life was like BM. TM (training marathon) how training is going, what I am running, what I do after my run, how the miles killed me, how many miles a week, what I ate, what I don’t eat, you get it… And AM (after marathon) basically how will my life go on after the marathon. There are days I feel I should just wear a name tag that says, “Beware Training for A Marathon, proceed with Caution” and then in small letters, “ask me how I am and I will talk your ear off about training”.
Enjoy all the little moments too. Enjoy the small miles that seem so little but make a huge difference. Enjoy the bad runs too because they make for great memories and how to avoid that again. Enjoy the early sunrises or sunsets, which ever time of day you choose the run. Enjoy the views in the mirror, because you are going to see a lot, even if it is subtle, those muscles are growing and you are getting stronger than you ever thought. Inside and out. Stick to your plan, but make adjustments when needed. Like I said, life happens, just don’t cancel a long run, they make the whole process.
Reach out to past marathoners or find those training along with you. Run for just fun one day, off the training plan and REST. Rest when you think you don’t need rest, believe me you do!
But all in all, have fun, enjoy the ride and like one of my FAVORITE quotes…
Be sure to visit Angelina’s blog, Run Chew Sparkle, and leave her some love for her upcoming marathon!