how to run a marathon

let’s run together!

Running is an activity that I used to hate! And when I say hate, I really mean loathe. I would do almost anything to avoid running! It’s funny how we change over time, because now the only thing I hate about running is when I can’t find enough time in my week to fit in enough miles. Now, running is a love that Oakley and I share! It’s great to have a spouse who understands how addicting running is…especially when one of you decides it’s time to run a marathon for the first time ever!

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[Oakley and me before the Texas Independence Relay, an overnight relay that covers 200 miles across Texas!]

Drumroll please…Oakley signed up for the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon, his very first marathon (26.2 miles)! Needless to say, I am super excited that he wants to run a marathon – I’m also super proud of him! Race day is January 15, 2017. If you live in Houston, then you know this is the best time of year to run a marathon in our beautiful, but very humid city.

To best support Oakley, I decided to sign up for the Houston half marathon (13.1 miles). This will allow me to train with him, but also be able to see him cross the finish line! I’ve crossed my fair share of finish lines, so January 15th is 100% about him!

the training plan

If you’ve ever run a marathon or competed in any long distance race, then you know a training plan is very necessary. The first time I was introduced to a training plan was for my first half marathon in March 2012. My dad, a very experience long distance athlete, helped me with my training plan AND he ran with me during the whole race!

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[After crossing that finish line for the first time, I was hooked!]

Since March 2012, I have run a handful of half marathons, a full marathon, and a half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run)! For each of these events, training plans were a vital part of my life. Because of this, I offered to help Oakley with his training plan.

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Because this is Oakley’s first marathon, we wanted to make sure he had plenty of time to build miles. We decided on a 17 week plan that allowed him time to space out his long runs and gave his body plenty of recovery time. Recovery is JUST as important as building miles – trust me on this! For a marathon, it’s pretty standard to train up to 18-22 miles. You want your longest run to be 2-3 weeks before race day so your body has time to recover.

If you have any questions about training plans or how to run a marathon, please let me know!! I’ll do another post in the near future with my half marathon training plan. Now it’s time to go on a run!

Lots of love – ked

 

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