share. learn. thrive!
So, I'm doin my first marathon come May. Actually, it's only 1/2 of the full marathon (13 mi, rather than the full 26- The Pittsburgh Marathon). I wanted to do a test round the first year I guess...ha ha. I workout 5-6 days a week (resistance training + cardio) and eat pretty healthy. As of right now, I am doing this alone so I was wondering if there were some words of wisdom any of you all would possibly be willing to share with me. Anything would be much appreciated :)
Also, if anyone knows of a group of people in the Greensburg, PA area that would like to train together...Please let me know.
Thanks and hope to hear from some of you soon,
The key will be doing all of your long runs[usually on the weekends]...always found it easier to run with someone or in a group....lots of training plans on the internet so finding one to suit your schedule should not be a problem....always always listen to your body....if you're suppose to do some training and you're exhausted from work or other responsibilities then back off...the goal is to get to the start line feeling fresh NOT overtrained and tired...remember that this process is supposed to be fun so don't take it real real serious.
Have completed two marathons and many other shorter races....have fun.
good for you! i just did my first half in vegas, and after 6 months of training, and 3 weeks before my race i injured my IT band! Keep going what your doing, just make sure you stretch!!!! I know everyone says that, but man oh man I wish i could go back in time and stretch more than i did, i wouldn't have this issue if i did! have fun, all the best!!! :)
Words of wisdom I can impart on you being a half marathoner only just last year is that you really need to get in those runs outside as much as possible-if possible. I trained mostly inside for a half last February (albeit I live in Vancouver which is not nearly as weather stricken as where you are), and oh wow, once my body hit the cold at about an hour in, I was in pain! Remain positive, take it slow and steady, and remember to not overload your system with lots of pills (by this I mean Tylenol!) and energy drinks. Your body will naturally guide you through, and that finish line is the best feeling in the whole world! Best of luck :)
You will love it! I agree with Vega Kelly. Experiment with nutrition before during and after your long runs. It will make a world of difference. I am a big fan of Vega's Sports Drink. I have a serving before I begin running. It gives me a ton of energy.
I also have a recovery drink with 15 mins of a training session. The recovery recipes in Brendan's book, The Thrive Diet are excellent. I am amazed at how fast my body recovers.
I live in Calgary Alberta. It has a large running population. Almost all the running stores offer free group runs every weekend. I am wondering if something similar is offered in PA? It is a great way to stay motivated and meet new people. Have fun!