Lessons in Marathon Training

The marathon has slightly taken over my life, but I am enjoying the challenge and my training.  I have learned quite a bit about myself and running over this past month and a half.  Here are a few tidbits to share…

 

Stretching is necessary and important. Make the foam roller your best friend.

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Cross train.  I love biking!

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Don’t skimp on shoes. 

You will need more than one pair during training after logging all your miles.

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Eat to fuel your body. 

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Accept help from family and friends. 

A long run is much more fun when there’s good conversation.

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You will want to sleep A LOT…like all of the time!


You will start most conversations with, “During yesterday’s run…”

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Chaffing is NOT fun!

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Try out your marathon day food and gear ahead of time.  I have found oatmeal and chia seeds work great for me, but it is different for everyone.

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Find a training program and plan ahead.

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Drinking beer counts as carb loading.

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Although you’ll announce that this will be your only marathon,
secretly you know that this is probably not the case.

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Take days off each week.

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A fuel pack is a MUST.

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Experiment with hydration.  I am a big fan of flavored coconut water.

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There will be bumps in the road.  Push through and don’t give up.

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Find a cause important to you and use your training to raise money

or awareness to support that cause.

For me, it’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

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This will also inspire you on those cool dark mornings when the last thing you want to do is run 8 miles before work!

 

Questions of the Day

What lessons in training have you learned?

Any advise for the rookie marathoner 2 weeks before race day?

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