Marathon Training & Such

So my marathon training starts on Monday.  The funny thing about the plan that I am following (Hal Higdon’s Novice, slightly modified) is that it has me running less mileage per week for the first 4-5 weeks than I am already running.  I have been trying to maintain roughly 25 mpw since I recovered from running my half marathon back in October.  This coming week I will only be running 15.  At first I was really concerned about this and considered starting my training later and jumping in where I was in my mileage.  I have since decided that it would probably do my legs (and body) good to ease up a little for the next few weeks.  I have had some shin and calf issues on my right side that could use some TLC.  I have added in some yoga & more stretching & foam rolling to manage the tightness.  Another change is cross training.  Previously I was running 5 days a week.  This plan calls for 4 days of running & 1 day of cross training.  I didn’t like the sounds of that at first, but also think that this will be a good thing in my training.  For cross training I use the Arc Trainer, spin bike or elliptical.  I would love to swim in my gym’s pool, but I am not sure I swim well enough to call it exercise!  For the next 18 weeks I will hopefully prepare my body well enough to run 26.2 miles on May 16th. 

Training for a marathon calls for some fun gear.  I have my trusty Polar heart rate monitor/watch and Garmin that I use for running & tracking my outside miles.  These tools allow me to monitor my progress a little easier.  I have to give a shout out to Chris at Polar for helping expedite the repair of my Polar watch over the past 2 weeks.  I thought that my battery just needed replaced, so I took the watch to a Batteries Plus store.  The store manager informed me that he placed 3 brand new batteries in the watch & the watch completely drained them.  I was told to contact Polar.  Fortunately my watch was still under warranty, so I sent it right off.  I sent my watch out on 12/23/2009 and it was fixed & back in my hands on 12/29/2009!  Amazing, especially considering there was a holiday in there!  Talk about great customer service.  Thank you to Chris & Polar for helping me out.  I may also be purchasing some YakTrax here shortly for my long, weekend outside runs.  These are supposed to help grip the ground in snow or ice.  As much as I hate to be cold, I don’t think I can run any longer than 8 miles on the treadmill.  Anyone have any input on the YakTrax?

Training also calls for careful planning with food and fueling.  I am always learning how to do this better.  I don’t think you can learn to much about this topic, so if you have some tried & true tips you would like to share, I am all ears.  I have recently tried Zing Bars and will be doing a review on them here shortly after I try all of the flavors.  I really enjoyed the Cranberry Orange bar that I sampled the other day.  These have more protein in them than Lara or Pure Bars, so better for fueling, especially after a run to help repair muscles.  Love that they are gluten-free!  There are so many more choices out there now. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I kept thinking that yesterday was Sunday!  I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it was Friday.  Now I have a whole weekend ahead of me!


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10 Responses

  1. Girl I love my YakTrax! LOVE THEM! Easy to use and great grip. Although not recommended running with them when there is no snow or ice. I mean sometimes you’ll hit an area with nothing and that’s fine as long as it’s not a prolonged stretch. Otherwise the coils on the YakTrax will bend and get damaged. Seriously they are awesome!

  2. Woohoo! You are going to be fantastic at this! I know you’ll do amazingly at the marathon =D.

  3. You go, Kim!!!

  4. My grandma is in her 80s yet walks or swims EVERY day, despite how cold it is. She loves her Yaktraks!

    So excited for your marathon journey!!

  5. Very proud of you for :
    1-setting this incredible goal
    2-actually doing the deload like you were supposed to πŸ™‚
    3-taking care of your soft tissue with the foam rolling and flexibility work

    Let me know if you need help tweaking your diet outside of the actual running-although I think you’ve got it.
    I’ll be living vicariously through you. I think I’m shooting for a show at the end of April-so I’ll be dieting as your mileage is ramping up!

  6. Erin,

    I just may take you up on that re: tweaking of my diet. As I get into higher mileage my appetite usually drops & it becomes harder to make sure I am getting what my body needs.

    I can’t wait to follow your journey to your show! How exciting!


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