Posts Tagged ‘Marathon’

This is the first blog post but not the last one that I’ll be using to ask a question rather than discuss something. I don’t like carrying my phone when I’m running and often want to run with just a water bottle and my watch. This is mainly because being Deaf, I can’t hear music so my phone being dragged around is pointless except for GPS and to keep time. I truly believe that if I would be using a watch rather than a phone I would do much better with my time and be more focused.

My Question is: What kind of HR/GPS watch do you use and how would you rate it, why would you give it a good or bad review?

There are so many different marathon, 5K, 10K, and half marathon training schedules you could follow and too little time to compare all of them! The best thing to do right now is be honest with yourself. How long do you think it will take you to get to have a run of 3 miles? 6 miles? 10 miles? The truth is, if you have already been running 10 miles regularly, you are just about half way through a marathon training program or in shape to run a half marathon without much training. If you can barely get a mile out before being tired, your training schedule should be much much longer for a marathon or at the beginning of a 5K training program.

There are several training programs for marathons that expect you to have been running for six months already. That means being able to run a 3-5 mile run without much trouble. While that is one of the most ideal situations you could be in, it’s not realistic to expect everybody to have that kind of patience. Pick a training schedule that fits you. Beginner, Novice, and Advanced are different levels too.

As said before and I can’t emphasize this enough, every training program has to be modified to fit Y O U! Nobody can train you better than you can solely because nobody else knows your body the way you do. You might think this is a false statement because you haven’t learned how to listen to your body and what it’s telling you. Don’t worry too much if you take a lot longer than the length of the original training schedule. Getting out there and doing your weekly runs is what matters. If you can’t meet the milage, repeat the week as necessary and push yourself. Don’t hurt yourself in the process of keeping up with a training schedule if it really is too much for you.

I find myself sounding like a broken record but it is entirely necessary when I say… Listen to your body!

Training for a marathon, you must have a system in place to make sure you’re getting enough food and water in. Part of that is knowing exactly what you need to be eating to help your body recover from each run and get ready for that grueling run. Most people, work out to lose weight or stay fit. If you’re training for a marathon, you’re going to lose weight at some point. (not guaranteed) Your main focus is muscle recovery so your muscles build up.

“I suggest marathoners and half-marathoners do a reality check on their nutrition with a site or app that gives them a nutrition report card. People swear they’re eating enough nutrients but aren’t—it’s a surprise for a lot of people,” ( Jeff Galloway, a former Olympian and the author of Marathon: You Can Do It.)

Part of muscle recovery and build up is to help endurance and tolerance for longer runs. That’s the main reason why each and every training plan has gradual build up in runs weekly. Yesterday I couldn’t figure out what to eat before my run so I made steak and scrambled eggs with 2 slices of bread.

My idea was that protein helps muscles but I also need to remember that carbs are necessary for exercising. That doesn’t give us permission to sit down and binge eat pasta. There are several different kinds of carbs that give you good nutrients. You want to be eating complex carbs such as whole grains, fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, and brown rice. For more information on exactly what you should eat, check out this article: What to Eat if You’re Training for a Marathon

All of this is very overwhelming especially for somebody that is just starting out but it’s important to focus and get it right! Don’t let your frustration get in the way of proper recovery and nutrition. Do not forget that just because you’re burning all those calories doesn’t mean you can use that as an excuse to drink 10 margaritas and eat those oil laced fries from your local fast food joints.