So I think I’m training for a marathon right now. I have only run one full marathon in my 10+ years of running and that was the Walt Disney World Marathon last January (2013). After the 3+ months of gruesome training (30 degrees, 3-4 lonely hours every Saturday, and the same residential roads around my town (and the town next to it, and the town next to that…) I said the Disney Marathon would be my first and last full marathon.
Never say never I guess. Once the cool weather came around the fall race season went into full-effect, I started getting the itch. Plus, there are all those questions rolling around in my head “What if I went just a little bit faster? What if I trained differently and didn’t develop the same injuries this time around?” I’ll never know the answers to those unless I go for it again.
But the devil’s advocate in me argues the opposing side: It’s so much stress on your body (especially a female body), is it really worth it or should I just continue to work on my half-marathon times? See the pickle I’m in?
So what I have decided to do for the time-being is act like I’m training for a full and then if worse comes to worse and I decide that it’s just too much, I’ll just participate in the half (I have my eyes set on the flat course of the Charleston Marathon – also where I ran my very first HALF-Marathon 3 years ago). Fortunately, the Charleston race will allow you to transfer distances (without a refund of course but the difference is not all that much).
Based on my injuries in the past, I’m approaching the training for this marathon a little differently. Last time, I focused on building mileage, week after week, solely in the long run. The constant increase I think is one of the reasons I ran into issues. This time around, I’m testing out a new method of staggering my extra-long runs (for example, I ran a 15.25 mile run two weekends ago but last weekend I only ran 13.15. My next long run I plan on going 16.5 miles and the week after I’ll bring it back down to 11-13). Obviously I’m no expert, but all we can do is learn from our mistakes. Everyone is different and I feel like I know my body best.
Does anyone have any full marathon training advice you can give me? Proven methods for you?