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Marathon Training Part Two

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Courage to start. Strength to endure. Resolve to finish.

I will be running the Long Beach Marathon (26.2 miles) on October 9th, 2016.

Marathon Training is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Every time I go for a run, I get nervous. Sometimes I think “Why did I sign up for this?” Despite the nervousness and fear, I keep running because I know in the end, it will be worth it.

The novice marathon training program by Hal Higdon is 18 weeks. I started tracking and documenting my journey on Week 4. Each week the miles increase until you get to the race day.

Week 4 of Training: 14 miles. 

My energy levels and pace increased.

Week 5 of Training: 25 miles. 

I felt strong and confident.  I was able to complete small runs easily.

Week 6 of Training: 20.4 miles.

Increased my pace. Ran in the heat to help prepare for the marathon. It was tough! I did better at running up hills.

Week 7 of Training: 24.6 miles.

Increased my focus. Pace slowed down because of the heat. My knees started getting sore but I’ve increased my stretching and iced them after running.

Week 8 of Training.

I have 12 miles so far in Week 8. I will be running 13.1 miles this Sunday and Monday (Half Marathon).

Month of July 2016: 95.1 miles total.

Training has changed my life. I learn more after each run. Here is what I have learned so far:

  • You have to keep going in order to finish your goal.
  • Learn and listen to your body! To be able to run effectively you must eat well, hydrate, stretch, sleep well and think positively at all times.
  • No complaining, just get it done!
  • Despite the pain, you must keep going!
  • Redirect negative thoughts. Focus on the beauty of the world.
  • My thoughts to myself when I start feeling weak: “One Mile At A Time” and “It Must Be Done”
  • Running is about achieving your personal best!
  • The marathon is more than me. I want to show that if you push yourself you can achieve goals, no matter what comes your way.

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