What it takes to run a marathon……….
I’ve been thinking about my upcoming marathon (a lot!). I find it amazing that I can do this and I don’t take my training for granted. I thought I would share what I’ve been doing for the past 4 months. This has been my experience…………
- A good solid base to start your training
- I was already running 13 – 14 miles comfortably before starting this training plan.
- 16 weeks of training. Here’s a look at my running miles over the 16 weeks. You can see where I ran into a little glitch (an unhappy IT Band is to blame). During weeks 9/10 and 9/17, I hit a new weekly mileage high of 45 and 46 miles!
- Dedication and consistency
- Lots and lots of running and cross training
- Here is a split of my running and cycling as of today, 11/23/12. I normally cycle once a week for cross training. But since I had an “issue” with my IT band, I had to substitute running with cycling for a few weeks. This affected my overall number of miles I ran.
- 16 weekly long runs: 14 miles – 20 miles long.
- This is the workout that is crucial to training.
- Again, I missed a few long runs since I had an “issue.” However, I substituted the long run with a long ride.
- A good source of fuel. When I’m running over 90 minutes, I use a gel about every 30 minutes. I was shocked to know that by marathon day I will have depleted my stock……. 6 boxes = 72 packs.
- A good Physical Therapist (in case any “issues” arise) and a good massage therapist.
- Core exercises and nightly stretching.
- My PT put together a great core strengthening program for me.
- I also have a nightly stretching routine. My hamstrings continue to be tight even with lots of stretching!
- Some sort of massage tool. I love both my foam roller and my massage stick.
This is what it has taken me to get ready for my marathon!