It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update on my marathon training. After a long few months of summer running, I finally started to feel like I was making progress in late July. I PR’d my 5k, which was a pretty big surprise. You can read that race recap here!
Last year, I started volunteering for an organization called Girls on the Run. It is a running club for girls in grades 3-5 and has a presence throughout the country. Our local chapter has clubs in dozens of schools around the Twin Cities area. I’m not writing this post on behalf of them and I don’t speak for their organization, but I wanted to share my experience with you all because it has made such an impact on my life!
Running your first marathon is a nerve wracking experience, especially on the night before and morning of the race. To help battle as many nerves as possible, I begin to prepare for the race weeks before to help ensure that I am as prepared as possible.
My training for the Twin Cities Marathon this year was some of my best training ever. My long runs went great and I did more strength training than ever before. I also feel like I was able to balance my training with the rest of my life, and I took a lot of pressure off of myself by feeling like I had to post each and every workout on social media. I felt like I was running for me, and really enjoyed the process.
Everything was great until an easy 12 miler 2 weeks before the marathon. I felt fine when I was running, but after the fact, I started feeling pain in both of my feet on the inside of the arches as well as the inside of the knees. Whenever I experience something like this, I usually take a few days off to make sure I feel better before running again (Sorry if this offends you. If you believe in running while injured, go for it!).
After running my first full marathon last fall, and missing my goal by only 11 seconds, I knew I had to return this year for redemption. I am well into my training plan and it is going well so far. Since I know I physically CAN complete a marathon, I’m a lot less nervous than I was last year. But, I have felt a little burnt out knowing that I just have to check the long runs off the list, so I’m really trying to reset my mindset into enjoying the process.
I’ve learned a lot about running along the way, and I thought I would share some of my top advice for runners– whether you are training for a 5k, marathon, or just looking to get in better shape!
A few weeks ago, my friend asked me to join her in running a local 5k race called the Torchlight 5k. I’m actually not a huge fan of 5k races because my running goals aren’t speed, and it seems like a lot of effort to pay and then only run 20 minutes! At this point in my marathon training, racing also isn’t the best idea because putting my body under that pressure for a short distance isn’t super beneficial for my end goal. BUT, it seemed like a fun race, I wanted to join my friend, and I knew I could take it as easy as I wanted, so I signed up.