My hip overuse injury after Boston Marathon 2012 kept me out of the running game for about 3 years. Running 2 miles would leave me with a stabbing pain on my hip. I never thought I’d be able to say that I was training for a marathon again. Here I am…heading into marathon training for my first marathon back and I could not be happier!
It wasn’t easy getting back to my running. It took a lot of experimentation with different physical therapists, doctors and getting retrained to run with a different form. But in the end–I’m thankful for my injury. It took changing my mindset to be more open minded about workouts and learning to listen to my body more. I’m a stronger person for the injury and also made a career change because of a newfound love for fitness classes.
As far as training for this marathon, it will be strict but more relaxed at the same time. I want to make sure I get the miles in but want to be adaptable to how my body is feeling and reacts to the mileage increases. I know that I will need to incorporate more strength training than other runners to make sure I stay injury-free.
I have always used the Hal Higdon training plans. I plan on using the novice 2 plan as a starting point and modify as needed. This plan calls for pace runs but I’m just going to run my regular run pace to start. I also plan on trying to go to 1-2 strength/cross-training classes a week and try to practice yoga once a week if possible. I have 2 races leading up to the big day and don’t plan on adding any others so that I can focus on my training.
August 21 – Falmouth Road Race 7 miler*
September 25 – Montreal Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
November 20 – Philadelphia Marathon
Week 1 Workouts
Total: 19 miles
- Monday – Barry’s Bootcamp Arms and Abs (~3 miles speedwork)
- Tuesday – Kick It By Eliza
- Wednesday – 5 mile run – 00:49:23 (9:53 pace)
- Thursday – 3 mile run – 00:28:53 (9:38 pace) + Kick It By Eliza
- Friday – Barre and Soul Vinyasa Yoga
- Saturday – 8 mile run – 1:14:19 (9:17 pace)
- Sunday – Kick It By Eliza
This first week shouldn’t be taken as an example of how many classes I plan on attending during training. I think I went a little crazy because I know that marathon training means I need to cut back and I know I’ll miss my classes.
Overall, I feel pretty good but last weekend I realized that I am NOT a hot weather runner. I had to stop my run short and walk because the heat was getting to me. To avoid having to cut my run short again, I got up really early to get out there for my long run by 6 am yesterday. I was thankful that I did because I felt much better during and after my run. Week 2 of marathon training…here I come!
Do you have any races coming up? Anyone else running Philly? Any other minimalist runners out there?
Disclaimer: New Balance gave me a free bib for Falmouth Road Race but I am paying for all transportation, food and lodging (eep…not cheap!). I also entered Dave into the lottery and paid for his entry!