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Road Races: Marathon

Happy Monday, did you have a good weekend? I had a fun time celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Denver. I went to a #Fierce45 workout class, and I went on a hike with my sister. It was a lot of fun! We have finally made it to the last post of the road race series.

You can find the other posts in the fitness category of the blog, or you can find them here:

Road races 5K and 10K
Road Races half marathon

Please let me know if you enjoyed this series! I had fun writing these posts because it forced me to find pictures from old races that I had done. Oh the memories I can find on my facebook page…. and the times I wish I didn’t photograph on facebook (most of college photos hahaha).

For an avid runner, someone running multiple times a week, a marathon is a very realistic goal. One thing that I learned about running marathons is that running your first one can be the hardest. You are so nervous before the first race and questioning your body if you will be able to run the race. But this fear can be a little irrational, my recommendations for a training plan are:
1. Take about 16-18 weeks to train, this will be enough time to help you get over the first race jitters.
2. Run at least one 20 mile long run, and maybe two to help you with your nerves.
3. Make sure to sleep a lot during your training, your body will thank you and it will recover faster.
4. Don’t beat yourself up if you have to change your training plan a bit, due to illness, injury, or a busy week.
5. Listen to your body, if you start to feel an injury take some time off. This one can be hard for me, I love to workout, and when you aren’t marathon training a small injury can be overlooked. However, when you are training for such a long distance, it is important to listen to your body.
6. Pay attention to your shoes. Running shoes have a life of about 300-400 miles, so you will probably need to change your shoes during marathon training. Be deliberate about this, you don’t want to run a race on brand new shoes, make sure to wear them in before a really long run.

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