Around the beginning of October, I was watching some friends run and finish a marathon and thought to myself, “I can do that!”
This is a big revelation for me. I’m not a person that runs often or particularly enjoys running. I am, however, a very motivated person that likes to challenge myself with new experiences. I began doing some research online and talking with veteran runners about when and how to train and hit the ground running.
A typical marathon training program for a first time runner is anywhere from 12-18 weeks. With a plan of running a half-marathon in May followed by a full marathon next October, I am a little bit away from beginning formal training for the races.
I have chosen an 18 week program that was developed by the Furman University Institute of Running. The program is designed for 3 days of running with 3 days of cross training and 1 off day. As I mentioned earlier, I am not a person who runs often or enjoys running all that much, so I am using the rest of the year to get to a point where I can begin training safely.
The hardest part when beginning a different exercise routine is to stay patient and not “over-do it” and injure yourself. I have begun weight lifting consistently for the first time in a few years and have increased my cardio training to 4-5 times a week as opposed to the 3 that I had been doing. The next thing I need to tackle is to modify my diet!
Throughout the course of this experience, I will be writing a weekly post on things from training plans to nutrition plans, as well as fun things like great songs for a running playlist and other stories/articles that will help keep things interesting. I strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about trying to run their first race or to even begin a physical activity routine to go for it!
I also encourage you to write in and share your training experiences — or to share any advice you have if you are a veteran runner!
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