|My 1st Marathon- Rochester, NY- 2007|
Even though it is 67 days from now, I am pretty sure that I am going to be prepared for this one a bajillion times more than the 2 before.
I am FAR from figuring out the perfect way to run a marathon, but I've definitely learned a lot this time through. It must be because I am getting
Fueling your body is just as important as running (in my opinion). Food = fuel = energy.
Before: Carbs carbs carbs carbs carbs carbs carbs. I am running so much! I must need to eat all the carbs all the time! And! Since I ran soooo far (it wasn't that far), I deserve to eat this pint of Ben and Jerry's and block of cheese and pizza and probably some more ice cream (which has carbs!).
Now: So, yes. Carbs are still an important part of my diet. ;) But! This time, I'm trying to eat a more balanced meal with lots of protein, good fats, and (mostly-ish) good for you carbs, including soooo many sweet potatoes and oatmeal. Okay, and pizza. I have a post in the works about my eating habits, so let's move on.
Before: Hmm, I'm kinda/sorta/maybe following this plan. A little. It says I should be running 4-5 days a week, but as long as I do my long runs on Saturday I should be okay, right?! I just don't have time during the week, so I'll run at a slow-ish pace once or twice a week for 30 minutes and I should be good.
Now: I am following this plan. It is not only preparing me for the marathon, but is improving my 5k and 10k times as well. Meaning: it's making me a better runner- winning!
I'm following the plan pretty closely, with a few exceptions.
1. the long runs have been changed drastically so I can attempt a 30 miler on my birthday.
2. I have almost never ran the 3 mile run the day before my long run. If I'm feeling really tight the day after, I will do a sloooooow and easy 3 miles then instead.
3. If I'm feeling exceptionally tired, I will cut out one of the easy mid-week runs, and opt for a walk or ride the bike instead.
3. Practice makes perfect
Before: Alright, it's marathon time! So I've only run a 17 mile long run- I can totally do those last 9 miles. It'll be cake! I usually just eat gummy bears on my long runs, but ooooh, look at those gels that everyone's taking. I should probably be eating them too, right? Yeah, I'll do that. Uh oh... I don't feel so good.
Now: I already have two 20+ milers under my belt and have at least 3 more before the big day. I'm using these as practice- pre-run breakfast, water intake, gatorade, gels, candy, warm ups, ice baths.... these are all a factor in my preparation. This way I'll know exactly what I need to do before/after the race to keep myself as happy as possible :)
So, those are a few things I've found to help me through the 26.2 miles of awesome so far. Hopefully I'll learn lots more, and then I can share the
Any marathon runners out there?
What's something you've learned from running more than one race (any distance!)??