And So It Begins…

Marathon training that is. Well, not really but the build up begins. We probably won’t start our official training until mid-June, but I need to continue building my base now. I took the past week and a half off because I was sick for over a week. It’s time to get back into the swing of things!

We have a 10K on May 30th and June 13th (UAE 10K and Oakley Mini 10K) – anyone else also running it? My goal is to work on speed from now until June 13th before starting marathon training. I love doing track workouts and feeling fast, but also know once marathon training starts I won’t do them as much. 

Did anyone watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight? I don’t know anything about boxing but watched it with Dan and friends. Anyway, before the fight they show “keys to winning” for each fighter. Here are my “keys to success” for this round of marathon training:

  • Do more tempo runs. I won’t be doing as many track workouts because I want to focus on tempo runs. I know this will help me get “comfortable with being uncomfortable.” I really hate tempo runs but it’s a necessary thing.
  • Balance strength training and running. I really am horrible at this. Once I start training for a race, lifting is the first thing to disappear. I hate lifting after running because I’m tired and all I want to do is stretch and go home. The key will have to be lifting in the morning for 30-45 minutes before work, and running in the evening. At least 2 times a week.
  • Eat right. I don’t necessarily eat unhealthy, but I know there are improvements to be made. Not only do I need to control my sweet tooth, but also have to be careful not to fall into the “I ran 15 miles today, I can eat whatever” mentality.
  • Dedication. I didn’t miss many runs during my last marathon training bout, and know I have to do that again this time. I want to go sub-4:30, and I know I have to go all in with training. 

Speaking of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, did anyone else think it was anti-climactic? Again, I know nothing about boxing, but I feel like nothing happened? 

So anyway…time to hit the track and get faster! I have a 5K race on Wednesday on a XC course which I ran last summer. It was tough! My goal is to just get a better time than last time I ran there. It’s a summer series, $10 per race, and every Wednesday. Pretty good deal if you ask me! I do plan on running as many Wednesdays as possible so I can use it as a tempo type workout.

I leave you with this image which is probably what Dan thinks every day ;)

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Are you running any races soon or training for a half or full? What would your “keys to success” be, or do you  have any tips on how I can make sure to follow through on mine? Input is always welcome!


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  1. Good luck Patty! I bet you’ll hit your goals ;) My goal race this year is a half but I already mentioned it to my coach that a full will be up there soon.
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  2. Woot woot – sounds like you have a solid plan!! I have been thinking about training for a half again this year – I’d love to see how your training goes and any tips I can pick up along the way!!
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  3. That’s exciting that you’re getting back to the training. After my spring marathons I plan to spend met summer really focusing on my strength training & speed for fall.
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  4. Good luck Patty! I know you will make it hapen!
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  5. i’m starting (in earnest) my marathon training in mid june as well but ramping up right now. love your keys to winning!
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  6. Let’s plan a meet up for one of those 10Ks! I’ll be at both :) :)
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  7. I thought the fight was horrible Mayweather literally ran the entire time I thought it was a track meet lol. I want to run the Oakley mini one day it always looks so fun when people post about it. Happy Training!
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  8. After my 2 week hiatus from running, I’ll be slowly easing back in. Just taking a break and keeping it light until marathon training starts full steam in mid-June. My CrossFit coach is going to put me through another heavy lifting cycle, though..
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    • That’s a good idea regarding the heavy lifting…I think I’ll focus on that from now until June as well!

  9. Eating right and strength training always a great plan! Good luck with your races this summer sounds like you have a great long term plan laid out
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  10. Good for you for not missing any training runs! My goal for my fall full (and I haven’t even ran my spring full) is to really have a balanced approach to training. The wheels pretty much fell off this year for me :(
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  11. Yay! Sounds like you’ve got a great plan! Consistency is key.
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  12. I Struggle with tempo runs, too. I’m trying to improve sustained speed running off the bike – primarily at the 5K-10K distance in sprint and Olympic triathlon. I’m glad my husband isn’t into boxing – I wouldn’t have been able to feign interest in the fight. Good luck with your training!
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    • lol it was the first fight I’ve seen but I said the same thing to my BF on our way there – “I have ZERO interest in this right now.”

  13. What we eat definitely has an impact on our running performance. Good luck with your training!
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  14. I love the feeling of a new training cycle. Track workouts are my favorite! They make me feel like a bada$$ runner :)

    I’m looking forward to following your training.
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  15. My marathong training will start in July. I’m focusing on strength training between now and then! I actually love tempo runs, they are one of my favorite workouts!
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  16. All the best with your training Patty! Marathon training begins for me the same weekend in June as my tri. I think your steps success are great ones.
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  17. I agree about getting out of the “I ran 15 miles so I can eat anything mindset”- I can so get there way too easily!!
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  18. Lifting is the first thing to go when I start marathon training, too! Now that I’m not training I’ve been more consistently lifting and it feels great. I also hate (and rarely do) tempo runs. I want to prioritize them for my next cycle.
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  19. Only a 5K coming up for me right now. I have definitely added in more strength training this cycle, so important to helping prevent injuries!
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  20. Good luck with your training. I’m sure you’re gonna crush your goals! I don’t have any races planned…I’m just hoping to get back into running again now that the weather is a lot less horrible LOL
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