My last attempt at a marathon wasn’t pretty. It was the Rock N Roll DC in March 2015 and I had basically set myself up for failure…
- I had to train through winter. I hate winter.
- We had a pretty bad winter, so I slacked off and didn’t stick to my training plan like I should.
It poured the entire first half of the race and I tripped in a pothole around mile 15. I ended up half running/half dragging my leg behind me until mile 21 when I realized how stupid it was to keep doing something that made me so miserable/injured…and I quit.
I don’t quit.
So that brings me to the Philly Marathon 2016, which I am running November 20. I couldn’t let my last marathon be a DNF.
I get to train through the summer, which is hard because of humidity but easier than winter for me (I HATE ICE!!). I’ve also lost about 10lbs since the race in 2015, so I think that will be helpful to me come race day.
The training plan I’m using was made for me by my friend’s father who is an amazing runner. I’m running 3x/week, with 2-3 days of cross-training. My body responds the best when I am not running super high mileage but still getting the necessary cardio in each week. I’ve mainly focused on swimming, spinning, and yoga for my cross-training, but I recently rejoined Classpass and I look forward to adding in RowZone, pilates, and strength training to supplement my running.
As far as goals for my race go, I’d love to run a sub-5 hour marathon, but my #1 focus is finishing strong. To me, it’s much more important to cross the finish line happy and healthy than to hit some arbitrary time.
Here goes nothing!