I’m still riding my marathon high, but getting ready to tackle Houston Marathon in a little over 12 weeks. As I start to put my plan together, I have some reflections on marathon training.
While my finish time in Chicago wasn’t what I had hoped it would be, I still finished and got a PR. I didn’t hit the wall like I did at my first marathon, and I really think that the extras that I incorporated in my training helped. The two pictures were taken around mile 22ish in each … I think the difference in the way I felt is evident in the pictures.
Reflections on Marathon Training
- Cross training helps. This summer was the first training cycle that I took cross training seriously. I truly feel that it kept me injury free.
- Strength work makes you a stronger runner. I have always stayed clear of the weight room, this training cycle I went there. I’m crediting the strength training that I did with helping me keep it together in miles 18-26.
- Speedwork is a necessary evil. While I didn’t get super fast, I think it still helped… it’s a process.
- Yin Yoga does so much more than keeping your body flexible. My yoga instructor constantly tells us that we need to get comfortable being uncomfortable – very useful in those later miles.
- Food is fuel. Junk in => Junk out… I focused on eating nutrient dense food, I think it kept my energy levels up.
While some of these things when by the wayside during and after Harvey, I think the base that I was able to build was there. For the Houston cycle I plan keep up with the extras from the Chicago cycle. Hopefully there won’t be another “Havey” to derail my trips to the gym.