My marathon is three months away and while I am sort of at ease, I have had several nightmares where I wake up in a frustrated sweat unable to complete the 26.2 miles.
Its a tough balance between training and not over training. Many people train for their first big race by running 5-6 times a week increasing the mileage up until two weeks before race day. But as an individual prone to running injuries and who loves her weights and circuit training I’m avoiding option A.
In my mind its about building up endurance, strengthening muscle and convincing yourself you can do it.
My training plan:
Long run 7-15 miles: once a week
Shorter run 3-5 miles: once a week
Circuit and weight training: 4-5 days a week
Swimming: 1-2 days a week
Karate: 3 days a week
Yoga: as often as possible
Stretching/foam rolling: everyday (that’s more of goal actually)
For my circuit training I’ll keep it shorter on the days I have a swim or run planned. As for weight lifting, since I work in a gym, I’ll squeeze in small routines on my breaks. Yesterday I challenged myself to complete 100 pull ups and 100 push ups during my 6 hour shift.
Today will be a leg day. Squats building SLOWLY up to 130 lbs. and then 10 reps broken up. Then a circuit of 3 rounds of 15 box jumps, 8 dead lifts and 20 weighted lunges. Then I’ll swim this afternoon!
For any of you marathon runners out there, I’d love to hear how you train!