Marathon Training has Begun!!

Wow!! I can’t believe I’m training for my first full marathon! I’m not going to lie – I’m pretty nervous. During each half that I’ve run I’ve been so happy to follow the signs for 13.1 and know that I’m almost done. I’ve felt so relieved I wasn’t one of the people who still had half of a race left! 13 extra miles is a lot! I have a feeling my mental training is going to be just as much of a battle as the physical running. Even running short runs now I’ve thought – oh dang come race day there will still be 18,19,20… miles left to go- Thats probably not how I should think about it, but the thought of all the miles to come is pretty scary! That’s one of the reasons I chose the training plan that I did. For all the previous races, we’ve followed the Hal Higdon method. This time, I chose to go with the coach program on my Nike app. This plan is long, but I need to be running anyway. I like the fact that reminders pop up on my phone and that the training is integrated in the running app I already use. I’m hoping it will have some nice motivation during the runs as well.
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The program is 24 weeks long and starts off by getting you ready for a 10k. I’ve slacked a bit and haven’t checked the dates, but I’m hoping it coincides with the 10k I already have planned in October. I ran this race last year, and I really want to break the 1 hour mark. I didn’t quite get it last year. I started off strong but heading back up the connector to the finish did me in. I think I finished in just over an hour. Tracy and I are going back again this year though so I have another shot at it 🙂
So today starts off week 1!
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I was so excited the get started, then I looked at my phone and realized today is a REST day!! Why you start off with a rest day I have no idea, but I wanted to do something!! So instead of rest, I made today arms, abs and yoga day! I use yoga studio app on my phone. I’ve never done yoga in an actual studio, so I’m not sure how it compares. However, it works for me! I really like it after long runs to start my stretching.
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And with that, marathon training is officially underway! I had a week of fun last week. I got to hang out with my family two days while they were at the beach, taste tested some yummy cake at work, and got to babysit little man!

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Now, however, its time to buckle down and get serious! This is the real reason I started this blog – to keep me accountable and sticking to my training – so I will make it to my ultimate goal of crossing that finish line in Disney with Blaney!!
Happy Monday and Happy Training!!


About Dotty Runs

Born and raised in SC (except for a few short years in Mississippi). I'm a Gamecock - graduated from the University of South Carolina with my BS in exercise science and grew up attending Carolina football games. I have my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina and now work as a PT and read, run and travel in my spare time. Loves: animals, reading, France, gymnastics, hoodies, traveling, football Dislikes: Snakes
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4 Responses to Marathon Training has Begun!!

  1. K@TIE :) says:

    That’s so awesome! The Disney run seems awesome 🙂 happy training


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