Tips for Marathon Training
Training Shoes & Clothes
You need to have this figured out way before race day. I chose to train and race in the Nike Pegasus 32 because of how sturdy, yet lightweight they are. I have been training in them for 5 weeks and they have been amazing! I haven’t gotten any blisters, but a big reason for that is my Stance running socks. Read more about how to find the right running shoe here!
As far as clothes go, I have to run in dry fit material – I refuse to wear any cotton!! Lately, my running outfit has been Nike or Lululemon shorts, Stance calf compression socks, and a Nike or Lulu shirt/tank. My best advice is to run your race in things your have been training in, don’t buy something new for race day that has never been worn. I have been there and it’s so uncomfortable and frustrating to run in something I am not used to.
Eating/Drinking before, during, after runs
MY FUELING SCHEDULE:
Before long run – 1 cup steel cut oats, handful of raspberries, 1 tbsp of peanut butter
During run – CLIF Bloks every 2-3 miles and water every 2-3 miles or as needed
Immediately after run – CLIF Bar or banana and almonds, lots of water
Breakfast after long run – After my 16 miler on Saturday I had an epic breakfast. Mango, kiwi, waffle poached egg sandwich, and two whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes. I ate it all and felt very satisfied after!
Rest of the day: I listen to my body and eat when I am hungry. I continue to drink lots of water too.
Read more about workout nutrition here!
Musica is huge! You have to have good tunes during your runs, especially the long ones. I’m sharing my Boston Marathon playlist with you on Spotify, I plan to continue adding to it throughout training. Hope you dig it!
Week 5 Training
I am feeling strong!! My speed workouts are feeling easier, which means I am doing something right. The hill repeats were by far the hardest workout I have had, but I did it! Boston has hills so I can’t avoid them at all, I have to include them in most of my workouts because my legs and mind need to be prepared. My long run on Saturday was 16 miles and it was mentally tough at mile 11-12, I was hot, tired, and hungry. But, I pushed through it and talked to myself. I envisioned running in Boston, crossing the finish line and how accomplished I will feel. Those positive thoughts got me through that long run.
Tuesday: 6 mile Speed Work at Mesa College Track & Ab workout at the Boxing Club
Run details: 6m, 52:30, 8:45/mi
2 mile warm up
8 x 400 at 10k pace, 90 sec jog in between
1 mile cool down
Wednesday: 6.25 mile run Tecolote Canyon
Run details: 6.25m, 53:55, 8:38/mi
Splits: 8:10, 8:44, 9:15, 8:46, 8:28, 8:21, 2:08
Thursday: 6.25 mile Hill Repeats at Torrey Pines and Strength Training at the Boxing Club
Run details: 6.25m, 57:23, 9:10/mi
Splits: 9:05, 8:13, 8:05, 7:46, 7:32, 9:04
Friday: Rest & ART appointment with Cory Harris
Saturday: 16 miles from Solana Beach to Carlsbad and back
Run details: 16m, 2:21:26, 8:49/mi
Splits: 9:01, 9:02, 8:59, 8:54, 8:52, 9:04, 8:59, 8:32, 8:16, 8:32, 8:33, 8:54, 9:11, 8:47, 8:48, 8:54
7 miles warm up at 9:00/mi pace
4 miles at marathon goal pace 8:30-8:35/mi pace
5 miles easy/cool down 9:00-9:30/mi pace
TOTAL MILES: 34.5 miles