I have finally decided to take my Marathon training seriously. Some of you have probably seen twice in the last two years me talking about doing a full marathon and then fell off on the training. But this year…….. I must succeed, no stopping me lol. I am currently on week 5 of my training, I am meant to be on week 7, but the last two weeks, my work schedule and other happenings kind of threw me off.
Believe me when I say training for a full marathon is like having a part time job! OMG, I ran a half marathon in 2013 and I felt the training would just be double but it’s really a lot more than double training. It involves everything around you, more commitment, more mental power etc. When I get invited out or have places to go to, I always have to check my running plan and then make schedule plans for after my run lol. I even have to take my running into consideration when planning my hairstyle. For instance, I had a wig on the last month and recently just got it done. I had cornrows done just so my hair can still breathe while I run. I have decided I would not do any weaves till my marathon is over because I do not want my hair itching like crazy after running.
Picking a training plan
- My current training plan is inspired by the Novice 1 plan by Hal Higdon. I improvised it a lot because with my work and life schedule I can only run on 3 days a week. I even have to enlist hubby in my training. On Sunday mornings, he has my daughter once she wakes up while I go out to run cause I figured without adding Sundays, I won’t be able to get the schedule going.
- Figure out the number of days a week you can run: When picking a plan, you want something you can be consistent with. Initially, i was following one that was 5 days a week and started stressing out cause I could not keep up. Eventually, I had to be realistic with myself and make it work for me.
- Pick one with a good number of training weeks: I think the training plan is about 16 or 18weeks long which is perfect and enough time for me to train successfully.
- Gym days: I also have gym days included once or twice a week either at the gym or at home, these are very important in your training.
- Running groups: I am thinking of joining other running groups to keep myself motivated throughout, I really do not have any friends around me that want to run a marathon lollll. Isn’t it funny how you have more fit fam friends on social media that in reality? I have so many online lol.
Question, who else is scared of running on trails alone? I have tried so many times and can only do a mile before getting paranoid and turning back home. I just have that voice in my head telling me not to go on. I know maybe I have watched too many horror movies or something but I cannot help it. I have decided to just give up on trying to run trails alone even though they would be so much fun but I would hate to have any regrets after. Is it only me???