9.16.2014

Marathon Training - Halfway!


I totally forgot to weigh in before my run this morning, so I'll do it tomorrow. Hopefully it will be time for some 10 pound progression pictures - fingers crossed!

I thought I would share more details on my marathon training - you know in case you're on the fence about doing one at some point in your life.


Someone told me the training is MUCH harder than the actual race and I'm going to have to agree with that statement. It's been pretty brutal so far, mostly due to the high temps and humidity in Dallas. I know I bitch and moan about it every run, but it's just so hard to push though. 

My training plan: I joined the Dallas Running Club for my long runs and while I don't feel I should share their entire plan I can give you the long run schedule for the next 12 weeks. It's a 22 week plan that starts with 7 miles and works up, right now we are at 14/15 and we stay there for 3 weeks.
14, 16, Race Loop?, 18, 14, 18, 14, 18, short, 16, 18, 22, 17, 12, Race. That's a heck of a lot of running for the next 2.5 months.

I can't meet the club for weekday runs so I have another group I meet for 5 miles at 5 am by my house. I just go with whatever plan they put together for the day, hills or tempo runs usually. Today was a personal best for me since the baby, sub 10 for 5 miles. On Wednesday I do a Spin class and on Thursday we run 4 miles on the treadmill with hills and sprints thrown in.


I've said it before and I'll say it again - the best way to get faster is to run with someone who is faster! I was DYING, but I didn't want to wimp out so I pushed though and I'm glad I did [once it was over].



Fuel. So the day before I carbo load {I take some macros from my fats and add it to my carbs} with bread and sweet potatoes. The morning of a long run I have 1 PB Poptart, I fill my water bottle with Spark, and stuff a Nuun and 3 Rehydrate Gels in my bra.
I take 1 Gel at an hour, another at 1:45, and the last at 2:45. I will have to add a 4th at 3:30 when our runs get longer. The Nuun Hydration I use after my spark is gone - then just straight water.



I had to dig deep into my playlist and come up with some songs I haven't heard in a while mixed with some that aren't driving me crazy, yet.  I gotta mix slow, fast, old, and new.


Recovery: I'm still going to the Chiropractor once a week to get adjusted and keep up with my knee treatments - with insurance it's only 7 bucks a visit so I thought it wouldn't hurt to just keep going until my race. I also am still running in my Newton running shoe- Gravity III and LOVE em, my knee is holding up just great. Thank the Lord! I was pretty concerned about it for a while. After my long runs I go home and take a hot bath - I just can't with the ice bathes. I think the most important thing is not to use the rest of the day to just lay around, stay active and it will help prevent you from getting stiff. I cross train or play soccer the next day and I haven't had any issues with being sore.

Supplements: I'm still using all Advocare - here's a list of my daily.


OmegaPlex - 2 a day
Probiotic - 2 a day
Catalyst - 6 a day <<< this one is probably the most important because it helps to maintain your muscles while you are training. It contains Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), L-glutamine, L-arginine, betaine, taurine.

Branch Chain Aminos -  They are the three most important amino acids in the manufacture, maintenance and repair of muscle-tissue.
L- Glutamine -  The preservation of muscle mass and the supplying of an alternate energy source in glucose deprivated conditions 
L - Arginine -  mostly it facilitates muscle mass gain while limiting fat storage, because it keeps fat alive in the system and uses it. It's key in weight control.
Betaine - has the potential to boost muscle protein synthesis—and that means more growth, and more effective training. 
Taurine -  functions as an antioxidant to protect the body's cells from damage.
Antioxidants protect the body's cells from damage that results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation). Taurine is also said to improve mental and athletic performance: - See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/supplement-guide-taurine#sthash.On0j0m1C.dpuf
Antioxidants protect the body's cells from damage that results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation). Taurine is also said to improve mental and athletic performance: - See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/supplement-guide-taurine#sthash.On0j0m1C.dpuf
Antioxidants protect the body's cells from damage that results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation). Taurine is also said to improve mental and athletic performance: - See more at: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/supplement-guide-taurine#sthash.On0j0m1C.dpuf


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7 comments :

  1. I'm not too sure if I've ever commented on your blog before.. even though I read it regularly. I just wanted to say that you are very motivating. I love coming to your page and reading your updates. When I want to quit or give up, I remember you and your success and how much work you put in to get results. It reminds me that loosing weight isn't going to come easy, you have to work hard and you have to be willing to give up certain things in order to accomplish what you want.

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  2. I have never wanted to run a marathon but you are making me want to now! I think I better first accomplish a 5k though ;-)

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  3. Thanks for sharing the play list. I need to get mine together as my runs get longer. I am training for a half and I definitely admire anyone training for a full. There are SO many miles that go into full training!! Way to go committing to that!

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  4. somehow i missed that you were running a marathon - that's so exciting! i just ran my first marathon last october and i'm training for another one this fall. i skipped my run today but you've motivated me to wake up early for my training run tomorrow. also, i never thought of poptarts as running fuel but i might try that out. thanks!

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  5. They were right in saying that the training is a lot tougher than the actual race. Marathons are one of the most back-breaking runs there is, so it's understandable that training for it is strenuous. Just don't overexert yourself to avoid injuries. Speaking of which, that $7 a visit sure is a bargain. I hope those adjustments help your knee so that you can be at your best during the race. Good luck!

    Joan Stevens @ Stringer Chiropractic

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  6. I know training is pretty intense and I've gotten a few ideas from this post of yours. I'm training for me first half and its almost here! I'll have to add your blog to my favorites so I can keep up with your training. I've been blogging about my training too. Esther Norine Designs

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