As I talk about ad nauseam, I am in beginning phases of marathon training. My marathon is the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in St. Louis, MO on Oct 19, 2014.
I have run 3 half marathons and I ran my last one Apr 6, 2014 with not even a walk break through water stations. I was pretty proud of that. 🙂
I am more driven to do this than I’ve been for anything in my life. I am not sure why but I must do it. I can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe it’s because I’ve never really been anything with a positive label “marathoner” before, maybe it’s because at almost 300 lbs that was an impossible dream, maybe I want to leave this world with something my grandchildren can look up to with pride about their grandma and even emulate…..maybe I want that sticker on my car. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that sticker on other people’s car and admired them and didn’t even know them……I don’t know, maybe it’s vanity. I think the truth is all of that but the foremost thought in my mind is I want to know what it feels like to push myself to a limit I could never imagine before. I want to know the pain, euphoria and pride.
I plan on training to the Hal Higdon first time marathoner. It’s 18 weeks of training. I have my calendar all made out. So my official 1st day will begin June 17, 2014 although I am in pre-training now.
I run 20+ miles per week with long 7 or 8 mile runs on Saturdays.
Per the training, I will work up to a 18 miles on Sept 18th and 20 miles on Sept 27th. My issue is that I over think and over read way to much. I am reading where many seasoned marathoners think that working up to a 20 mile run for a first time marathoner is unnecessary.
To be honest, 18 and 20 miles are daunting to me as a 54-year-old formerly overweight first time marathon wannabe. I would like an easier, less daunting way to get there. I’m just want to finish, I dont care about time.
If any you marathoners out there have advice for me on training plans, I’d love to hear about it.
Also, I know that nutrition way before and during marathon training is very important. Any advice on that? I’m a common sense eater and I know the way to healthy eat but I want to know is there a plan leading up to the marathon to eat by?
I’ve read from many runners that beet juice is great for runners. And since my husband is a juicer….he’d be happy to juice anything! There are some studies that says beet juice has been proven to increase endurance, help blood flow and muscle contraction. Beets are a super food! And I need super foods instead of junk foods, right?
I may be one of the few who love the taste of beets. I used to eat them raw as a kid. I love the earthy taste of them and the color makes them a sexy food. Raw oysters on the half are sexy…and good. 🙂 (getting away from my beet point)