Like last year, Brooke and I will be doing some sort of little tradition each day leading up to Christmas.
For today, Brooke chose out an ornament for our Christmas tree. After a good 20 minutes of debate she ended up choosing the Santa (or as she calls him—> Tanta) ornament.
I must have watched my favorite music video at least 10 times in a row on the treadmill this morning. 8 miles @ 8:06 pace.
And after my run it was off to something extremely important—> Brooke is worried about the ducks not getting enough food this winter so we went down and fed them all of our bread.
Happy National Fritter Day! I am thankful for Apple Fritters and I appreciate we have a day to celebrate them.
Let’s talk about a few tips for running your first marathon.
(Hugging my Dadio at the end of my first marathon in 2010!!!)
26.2 miles is a long ways. Marathon training takes a lot of preparation, time, sweat (or if you are lucky… glistening) and before you know it, you will be crossing the finish line of your first marathon!
Here are a few tips that I have for training for your first marathon! All of you experienced runners out there, please feel free to add more in the comments!
–Don’t look too far ahead on your training plan. Take one day at a time!!! When you first start training for a marathon it is scary to think that in x amount of weeks you will be running 20 miles! Don’t think about that yet! You will gradually build up to that distance so there is no need to stress yourself out about those LONG runs before you get to them.
–Forget about time! Just go run it. Focus on completion rather than a time goal. You will have many more marathons after your first one to stress about the time.
–Use some smaller races as part of your training. These are great dress rehearsals for the big day! You can work on your fueling, what to wear and pacing during these races to find what will work for you on marathon day! You can train yourself to avoid going out too fast… going out too fast and wasting all of your energy in the beginning is easy to do in races with all of the excitement and adrenaline!
–For your first marathon, sign up for a course where you will have some fans. I always get the biggest boost of energy whenever I see any family members or friends along the course. Choose a course that is close to family/friends so that you can have a little cheering squad there to help you get through some of the tough spots.
-It is also helpful to choose a course close to home! This way you can practice parts of the race on your own and know what to expect.
–It’s okay if you miss a few days on your schedule. I remember when training for my first marathon that I was scared to death to miss a training run. Over the years and after training for more and more races I have stopped worrying about that. Things come up… you get sick… you don’t get enough sleep… it’s okay if you need to take a day off every now and then! You will still rock your marathon!
-Don’t forget—> Recovery is just as important as training! Do the ice baths, the rest days when your schedule (and body) tell you to, get enough sleep and foam roll/stretch!
–Go into it knowing that it is going to be tough but that you are strong and it is so worth all of the work (and crazy/painful faces).
What was your very first race!?! What year was it?
What was your workout today?
Is the apple fritter anyone else’s favorite donut?
Who is your favorite person to have at your races?!