I’ve been running for about five years now and when I first started I never dreamed that I’d be sitting here, putting pen to paper (in a sense) about training for a marathon.
I signed up for my first marathon in February 2016 after my stepfather passed away unexpectedly. My best friend and running best friend had been thinking about it for a while, so I went for it. I felt, at that time, that it was something I just had to do. Looking back, I’m glad I took the chance. I did a recap of the Space Coast Marathon after Mer saw some pics on Instagram that I’d posted because I actually hadn’t really made it known that I was running a marathon! I wasn’t prepared for this race at all. Michelle and I had signed up for it and then training fell to the wayside.
I honestly don’t even remember developing a plan or anything for Space Coast.
So. Now we’re doing things differently.
In October I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon. Michelle signed up with the lottery and, even though I’ve only been yelling about how I didn’t want to run another marathon, the FOMO (fear of missing out) was real! It took a few weeks before I finally decided to sign up with a charity team. I chose The American Heart Association to honor my stepfather, seeing as he was the reason I decided to run a marathon the first time.
The title of this post is a nod to Ferris Bueller, of course. My family is coming with me to Chicago so we’re definitely planning on doing some touristy things while we’re there.
This time I am definitely, definitely going to be prepared. There. I’ve put it on the internet, so it’s going to happen! I just finished Week 4 of my training plan and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m doing intervals to help build up my strength because, honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve ran for longer than a few minutes at a time. At this point I’m not ready to set any goals for the race, because I just want to focus on my preparedness. I’ve even put up a calendar!
I’m trying to focus on getting a workout in everyday, but I know I’m going to need to scale it back a little. I’ve been kind of obsessed with closing the rings on my Apple Watch which really does nothing but make me happy. I might do a walk or light stretching instead of a cross training or more intense workout. It’s early on in the training schedule so I definitely don’t want to tire myself out or injure myself just yet. Or, you know, at all.
The best thing about working with your running buddy is that you always have motivation and accountability. Michelle and I plan any short, weekly runs we can do together and keep each other up-to-date with our weekend runs. We both use the Nike+ RunClub app which notifies your friends when you go for a run.
For me, accountability is key. If there isn’t someone who knows all about what I’m doing and where I’m doing it, chances are it’s not going to happen. I’m looking forward to Chicago and seeing what I can do. My time for Space Coast was nearly seven hours, so I know I can do better than that. I’m feeling strong and we’re only a few weeks in. I know that summer will really test my commitment as the weather will be dreadful. Michelle and I have a place we like to do long runs at, so we’ll definitely be meeting up to get some training runs done.
I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me about this a few more times before October. If you have any training tips, I’d love to hear them, too!
You go girl! I have yet to find the cahonies to run my first marathon, but I can tell you for my last half – which never took place, thank you Hurricane Irma – having a big fat wall calendar in front of me with all my planned runs and goal times on it, helped TREMENDOUSLY. I LOVE that you’re running for the AHA as my dad died of a massive heart attack when I was only 18. Please let me know where I can donate to you!!
Oh, don’t even get me started on IRMA! Thank you for your kind words! I chose the AHA because my stepdad also died of a heart attack. I’m not sure if I mentioned that. It’s just my way of trying to make him proud. 🙂
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Dude. I totally feel you on the accountability. It’s so much better to train with a partner – they get out up and out the door on the days that you just don’t feel that long run… and they make the miles go by a lot quicker with good conversation.
Keep it up! You’ll love Chicago – you get to see so many different parts of the city during the race. It’s one of my most favorites.
Thanks! I’ve never thought this far ahead for a race, so I’m hoping it will help out. My bestie and I run all of our races together because it’s sooooo hard to do it alone!
Do you and Michelle plan to run the entire 26.2 together? I imagine that will be incredibly motivating, and you’re pretty well-matched for pace! I know you’re going to do well with this training plan because the hardest part is during the school year (I think, anyway!) and you’ve been great so far!
Oh, I hope we’re running together! We’ve had very few runs when that didn’t happen, but not lately. I agree that during school is the hardest part. I just took an hour and a half nap