Training for my first Marathon (26.2 miles) is probably the toughest fitness challenge I have endured so far. With a customized training schedule and busy work and school life makes it difficult to train consistently. The other day I did about 11 easy miles at a 9:45 pace rate and will do 15 miles tomorrow. Sometimes the next day after a long run my muscles are sore and the training schedule calls for another run. During training, you need a good pair of running shoes, mileage and pace tracker device, tons of water, vitamins, nutrients from foods, sleep, sleep, sleep and of course MOTIVATION.
The Marine Corp Marathon is held in Washinton DC on Oct 28, 2012. The race is currently sold out with over 30,000 runners racing from all over the world. The course consist of beautiful views of the city of DC and monuments. There is one major hill with an elevation of about 200 feet and a mile long. Therefore I have been doing a ton of hill runs to prep for the race.
My goal is to finish in under 4 hours and to maintain a pace rate of at least 9:00-9:25. I bought some new Mizuno running shoes and they feel great. After training in these shoes, I plan to purchase another pair to run the Marathon in.
With alot of Cross training incorporated into my running plan, I am sure that I will finish within my goal speed and time. I currently weight 192lbs and in which I need to get down to at least 180-185lbs before the race to help increase my speed.
Training for a race can be very time consuming but very rewarding once you have accomplished it. There was no other feeling that I can describe when I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon!
I realized now when I am training or even at a race that it is all mental. The pain is only temporary. With a good pair of headphones and some good music I can run all day now.
Its always good to have a running partner for motivation. I am running the MCM by myself, so If you are too let me know and maybe we can run together.
As time gets closer, I will keep you updated on how the training is going. If you are also training for MCM or another race let me know what you are doing to train and how the progress is going.
Thanks for reading! -LJAY HEALTH