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Let The Training Commence

So today marks the beginning of my training for the Long Beach Marathon this October; my first full marathon. I am excited and very nervous to start this goal. I do not have a set time to finish, I am just hoping to cross the finish line in one piece and avoid any serious injuries along the way.

I actually wanted to do the LA Marathon this year, but I did not commit to training for it. My excuses were that I have a then 2 year old and a 6 month old at home and I could not find any time to put in the runs. As the months rolled by, I just kept putting off my runs and eventually, It was too late to try to train for a marathon. I know it was a sad excuse then, and it’s a sad excuse now. So now, I am committing to training for the Long Beach Marathon.

So why did I pick the Long Beach Marathon as my first marathon? One of my buddies at work told me that the Long Beach Marathon is a great beginner marathon for the fact that it is a fairly flat course. I live in Southern California so it is basically in my own backyard. I can do some training runs on the actual course to familiarize myself with it. Also, running along the beach, marina, and The Queen Mary will offer me a lot of sightseeing opportunities to forget that I am putting my body through a 26.2 mile race!

Marathon Training Plan

I posted a question a couple weeks ago to some friends online regarding what training program they recommend for a first-time marathon runner. I received many recommendations for various training techniques and routines to help me prepare for my upcoming race. Some people recommended, Hal Higdon, Runner’s World Marathon Training,  and Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run Technique  to name a few. I also looked into the Hanson’s Marathon Method for training. Because of my crazy work schedule, I do not have the luxury of getting into a routine for my runs. I know many people are like me and work various hours throughout the week and it is sometimes very difficult to keep a running routine for training. I am going to try to incorporate all of these great techniques and personalize my training plan.

My Training Plan

  • Each Week on Monday or Tuesday, I will post how my previous long run went. I want to document what worked, what didn’t, and what I could do better to prepare for the long runs.
  • I will plan the upcoming week’s training schedule and post it to help hold me accountable and leave it for discussion. Hopefully, you all can comment and help me with what I have planned and provide some advice.
  • I will be focusing on increasing my mileage during the long weekend runs, but since I am on call and work some weekends, I have to adjust my long run days accordingly.

Like I said earlier, my goal is to cross the finish line and finish the Long Beach Marathon without any serious injury. With that being said, I finished my 8 mile run on Saturday. I felt great and actually wanted to run another mile, but decided to stop at that distance and not push myself too much. Luckily I did because I feel like my left ankle is a little unstable. The next day it felt a little sore.

Week 1 Training Goals

  • Run 3 days with my long run on Saturday morning.
  • Strength train on Monday.
  • On my long run, I plan to run 9 miles and incorporate Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run Method.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my post! Let me know if you have any advice to help me get started on this goal of running an injury-free marathon! Last night I participated in my first #runchat on twitter. It was really cool to get advice from other runners and connect with them online. I was also able to connect with Bart Yasso!!

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  • Jenn June 24, 2013, 6:57 am

    Best of luck! I don’t have any real advice, simply because I haven’t trained for a marathon (yet), but I will say to just take your time, listen to your body, and enjoy the journey. You’re going to do great!
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    • Ron June 24, 2013, 4:40 pm

      Thanks Jenn!! I will definitely listen to my body and take my time. Since my goal is to finish, I don’t have the time pressures, except to finish before they start opening up the streets to traffic!

  • Gary June 24, 2013, 7:08 am

    I recommend using Strava and getting a Garmin to get more accurate run data. Strava shows when you PR for each segment, and for me, when I invest in something, that means I have to use it 😉

    • Ron June 24, 2013, 4:41 pm

      I really have to look at a running watch. So would you suggest a Garmin Forerunner?

  • AmyC June 25, 2013, 8:12 am

    Sounds like you picked a winner for your first marathon. I haven’t jumped on to that wagon yet, but admire all who do!
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