Marathon Training – Week 1 Recap

by Her Happy Balance on July 14, 2015

Welp, last week began a 20 week long journey towards running my first full marathon. Let’s hope I retain my sanity along the way. And let’s all pray that training in the middle of July helps me build up some speed and endurance come the actual race in November. It’s crazy to think I’m starting to train for a race in November during July. I guess this means I’m in it for the long haul!

Marathon Training - Week 1

Here’s a look at week 1 of workouts…

Monday:
PM 30min Arc trainer, Biceps/triceps

Tuesday:
PM – 3 mi run. I couldn’t fit my run in before work {it was still dark outside!} so I had the brilliant idea to run at 2pm on a 88 degree day with 56% humidity. I feel like I should be thankful I didn’t pass out. Never again, hopefully.

Wednesday:
PM – 3 mi treadmill run. I just wanted to get it over with and done.

Thursday:
AM – 5 mi run – learning to take the pace slow in the heat.
PM – Shoulders and some treadmill walking

Friday:
Rest Day. I actually spent the day volunteering at the USGA Women’s Open and ended up being on my feet all day – golf spectators be cray.

Saturday:
AM – 8 miles. I fueled with Shotbloks 5 miles in and felt pretty good. I’m going to need to invest in more fuel…I haven’t bought any in such a long time! 

Sunday:
PM – Chest 

My schedule with work has been kind of quirky lately, so I’ve been working out at odd hours. But I still managed to get all of my runs in! So I’m happy knowing that. Here’s to hoping week 2 allows for more early morning runs before the midday heat kicks in. 

Thoughts??
Any advice for a first time marathoner?
How do you carry water on your runs?
How often do you refuel? I was thinking maybe every 5 miles?

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Nicole @ Simply Nicole July 14, 2015 at 9:09 am

just thinking about running a marathon makes me tired. not sure how i did a half! so proud of you for signing up tho! can’t wait to cheer you on!!!

Her Happy Balance July 17, 2015 at 9:13 am

I’m so excited that you want to cheer me on 🙂 Jim and I can use all the support we can get!!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Great first week of training! My advice? Mentally prepare yourself during your runs too. I was so severely under trained for my marathon this past January yet I did better than my previous marathon just because I was able to mentally carry myself. It really is one big mental game after mile 17 or 18.

Her Happy Balance July 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

Girl I have been out of the blogging game for entirely too long. You and all the marathons! That is such good advice. I have no idea how to mentally prepare besides just sticking strong with the mantras and continuing to follow through with my plan and pushing out the miles even when I don’t want to. I’m gonna try to be a tough cookie!

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