Marathon Training has Begun!
I’ve chosen my “comeback” marathon… The Towpath Marathon in Akron, OH on October 9th. It runs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the fall and everyone says it’s beyond beautiful! I haven’t registered yet, as I want to make sure I can balance training, working and most importantly, family.
I plan on following Jack Daniels’s plan like I’ve done in the past with a lot of success. It will most certainly be challenging, especially training during the summer in FL, but I’m up for the challenge. My goal for peak mileage is 60 miles, but I have a feeling 50 will be more attainable with my other priorities. Thankfully my job is pretty flexible and I can come in later some days, so that should help.
I had THE CRAPPIEST run last Sunday and it was a huge reminder that I need to start doing all the little things again; extra stretching, foam rolling, core work, etc. The main things I need to focus on are hydration, fuel and sleep. I think my run was so horrible because a) it was super hot and humid, b) I wasn’t hydrated enough and c) I was running on little sleep. Usually when I pump I drink a full glass of water while doing so. I haven’t been doing that before my early morning runs because who wants to run with 12 oz of water in their stomach? I think I need to start attempting to and getting my body used to water sloshing in my tummy- sounds fun.
The fueling part is the easiest. Although I’m still having a hard time losing the baby weight. I’m too afraid of dropping my calories too low and therefore make excuse to eat more, haha. Whateves because YOLO. But seriously, I’m trying to make sure the food I eat is healthy and fueling my running, not just crap. Pumping and Pancakes = Multitasking at it’s finest. You need #allthecarbs after a sweaty long run.
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So there ya have it… my comeback marathon plans. Bare with me as I try to juggle many hats and do them all to the best of my ability. I’m sure I’ll stumble a few times, but hey, that makes it interesting right?! That’s just what I’ll tell myself, haha. I’m excited to be back into the groove of things and make “Heather Run Fast” a thing again 😉