Alright, y’all…I’ve completed my first two official weeks of my marathon training plan! (hoorah for beginnings!)  Like I said before, I want to share my experience training for my first marathon in hopes to encourage, motivate, and help others learn from my mistakes (& hopefully some successes 🙂 ).

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I’ve tried to be intentional about mixing up my workouts and not only running, even though I’m training for a marathon.  If I don’t mix it up on a regular basis, I tend to get bored or burnt out of one type of training.  Besides, different forms of exercise have different benefits, so it’s healthy to incorporate various forms of training.  Anyway, on to the good stuff!

Week One

Monday: 4 miles – regular run + resistance training

Tuesday: 60 min spin class

Wednesday: 5 miles – regular run + 60 min hot yoga

Thursday: rest day (recovering from an ankle injury)

Friday: 4 miles – regular run + 60 min hot yoga

Saturday: 8 miles – long run

Sunday: rest day

Week Two

Monday: 5 miles – regular run + strides + resistance training

Tuesday: 7 miles – intervals

Wednesday: resistance training + 60 min hot yoga

Thursday: 4 miles – regular run

Friday: 60 min hot yoga

Saturday: 9 miles – long run

Sunday: rest day

I’ve been enjoying my training schedule and am still feeling strong & motivated!  One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far, is the importance of listening to your body.  It’s a work in progress for me but I am doing my best!  For example, I did not want to take a rest day on Thursday of my first week for an annoying throbbing ankle, but my body thanked me later for that extra day of rest!  I wanted to take a spin class on Friday of week two but decided just to stick to the hot yoga because my body felt drained and a little under the weather.  Your body is smart and tells you what you need, from food to fitness.  Learn to listen to it!

 

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