October 15. The day I will run my first marathon.
It seems like forever away, but I know that it will be here before I know it. I am a bundle of nerves and excitement for the race. Nerves because 26.2 miles is a loooong distance to run and excitement because I cannot wait to start training and push myself out of my running comfort zone.
So how did I get to this point where I feel confident and ready to start training for a marathon? It has taken some time, especially because if you were to ask me a year and a half ago if I would ever run a marathon I would have said absolutely not.
Yet here I am preparing to start training for a marathon next month. Here’s how I got to that point to click “register” on the race registration website.
I felt comfortable with higher mileage
The last two half marathon training cycles have included my highest mileage months ever. I usually get around 80 miles a month of running, but when I trained for the last two half marathons the way that I did, I was consistently having months of 100-120+ miles of training. That may seem like a small amount to some or a huge amount to others, but for me it was a bigger amount of mileage than I was used to, but my body was fine with it. I got used to running on tired legs (which was actually great to stimulate those last few miles of a half marathon) and running 5 days a week suited my body well. I know that with marathon training I will be running higher mileage than I ever have before, but I am confident that my body is ready for it. I am working on creating a base building plan for the next month and a half before I start training to make sure that my body is ready to go when I start training.
I have the time
I initially decided to run a fall marathon this year because I knew I would have all summer to train for it. As a teacher I do not work during the summer months, so I thought training for a marathon in mid-October would allow me at least a couple of months where I could devote more time to marathon training without having to worry about work and such. I know that when I start working full time again in late August, it will be an adjustment to train for a marathon and work full time but I will have a couple of months of training behind me that it will help with the adjustment.
I was craving a challenge
At the time that I registered for the marathon, I had run 4 half marathons. I was getting used to the demands of half marathon training and it just seemed a part of me to train for a half marathon, since I have started doing so regularly. I started to want to do more. I wanted to push my body to run past 13.1 miles and wanted the challenge of training and running a full marathon. I know my body is capable of doing it, I just needed to get myself to register for the race.
I am not injured
Right now, and for months, I have been running healthy and not injured. I have really never dealt with a serious injury (which I am totally thankful for), just minor shin splints here and there, so I felt that I was ready to train for a full marathon. If I was dealing with injuries of any type, I would put off running a marathon because I know that marathons are extremely demanding on our bodies that I would never want to put my health on the line just to run a marathon. I am healthy and injury free right now and ready to put in the work!
I found a plan that matches me
When I signed up for the marathon I was not sure how I would approach training. As I started doing research on marathon training I realized there are SO many different philosophies on training. I started reading around to find what would work best for me. As I read and did more research into different training philosophies I really felt a strong pull towards the Hansons Marathon Method. As I read more into the reasoning behind the higher mileage training and the 16 mile long run, I really agreed with everything that the Hanson’s Marathon Method stood for. I began reading blog posts from bloggers who trained for a marathon using the Hansons Marathon Method and felt that I needed to give it a try. I ordered the book and already bought one of the training plans they offer on Final Surge. Being able to have a plan narrowed down has given me the ease of mind that I know what to expect and can already start to figure out how I will balance certain weeks of training with other things I have going on (summer vacation plans, etc).
Bonus: Hansons is based out of Michigan and is pretty local to me so I can go to training sessions and learn more about the philosophy straight from the source.
I am even more excited to run my first marathon because I am running it in Detroit AND I am an ambassador for the race. What does that mean for you? I will be talking all about the race in the coming months, but I also have a discount code if you want to join me race weekend.
I am running the Detroit Free Press/ Chemical Bank Marathon, but you can use my discount code to register for any race during the race weekend and get 10% off your registration. If you are thinking about signing up I would do it ASAP because races will sell out and in just a couple weeks the registration price is going to go up. Lock in your spot now!
Sign up for the Detroit Free Press/ Chemical Bank Marathon, Half Marathon (International or US only), or the 5k and use code “leancleanbrie” at checkout for 10% off your registration.
Hope to see you on the course 🙂
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