Marathon Training – Why I’m Running + Training Program

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I’m going to go into more detail about growing-up, health, sports and fitness in another post – because it might just surprise you! But for now, I’m calling myself a running newbie. I’m literally starting my marathon training from zero, a place I never thought I would ever be. After living a very sedentary lifestyle the last couple years, I know it’s time to make a change. However, since I’ve trained before, I also know it’s not going to be easy. Marathon training is way more mental than it is physical (just know, your body can do this!), and that’s why I want to create a positive place of encouragement and motivation for all of you! 🙂 Just to be clear, I want to train more for the mental benefits than anything. While toning everything up is a benefit, I absolutely love having a goal to work towards! The last 24 hours I’ve received a TON of questions, and I wanted to start with answering those here. If you’ve never trained before, that’s okay! We can start together! It’s never too late or too early to start, so if you’re waiting for New Years to change your lifestyle habits, don’t. I encourage you to start now!!!

What marathon training program are you doing? I think this is my most asked question, so I’m answering it first! Here is the first week of my training program. Make sure to check in every Sunday for the following week workouts!

Monday – 30 Minutes Elliptical

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 30 Minute Run/Walk. (2 minutes walking, 1 minute running, repeat.)

Thursday – 30 Minute Elliptical

Friday – 30 Minute Run/Walk. (2 minutes walking, 1 minute running, repeat.)

Saturday – 30 Minute Run/Walk. (2 minutes walking, 1 minute running, repeat.)

Sunday – Rest

Have you ran before? What was your time? I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May 2014. I believe my time was 2:01, so I didn’t quite clear the 2 hour mark, which is my goal this time around! Looking back, I didn’t mind training for this. Even though I was in my young twenties and had just moved to NYC (aka was going out a lot!) I managed to make it work and thought it was fairly easy to be honest, well.. so I thought! I only trained on a treadmill a couple days a week, and around mile 8/9 of the actual race my knees were throbbing. I hated it. The last mile was all downhill, which sounds like it would be easy, but it was the most painful, longest mile in my life. It left such a bad taste, I literally stopped running. Well! Until now! Haha. My advice – training on a treadmill is okay, but make sure you work in outdoor runs!! Running on concrete has a very different impact on your body!

What race are you doing? I’m going to try my best to get signed up for the Brooklyn Half in May! I know it’s tough to get in and registration goes fast (everyone tries!), but that’s my goal. I am also going to try and find local races to do along the way (5K, 10K). If you’re a local New Yorker I would love to know what you’re doing!

Is your marathon training just going to be running? Since I’m starting from zero, I don’t want to overwhelm or exhaust myself too early on, so for now I’m just focusing on my running program. Once I feel comfortable and get back into a routine, I definitely want to incorporate other workouts and classes! But, for now I really just want to focus on creating a routine and building my self-confidence back up!

Creating a social group? Yes! I would absolutely love to do this!!! It makes such a difference to turn to someone and say, “I just finished!!” Or to complain and have someone push you, haha. I’m thinking FB group would be the best way, but I’m going to brainstorm and work on this! Eventually, I would love to get to the point where I can create a local NY running group, at least on the weekends for the long runs. I think it would be great to map out safe runs throughout the city and meet up to run, and then grab coffee after.

I will be posting as much as I can! 🙂 Be sure to check back in for music playlists, encouragement, workout outfit ideas and of course next weeks marathon training program! x, Andrea

Photography: Allie Provost 

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