Some more great news, I will be running my first FULL MARATHON on May 4th, 2014. Pittsburgh will always have a place in my heart because that was my first half marathon last year. I feel so lucky that I get to working with just a great organization.
This year, I'm trying something new with my training. Last year I spent probably 5-6 days a week running and maybe 1-2 days strength training. This year my goal is to cut back a little bit. I'm going to do 3 days strength training and 2 days with a short run and one day with a long run. I have also been doubling up on workout days to give myself a couple extra rest days.
My biggest issue with marathon training right now though, is this weather. I live in an area with a ton of hills so getting out to train is tough. We've been getting massive amounts I snow and sidewalks aren't staying clean. I don't feel like it's worth hurting myself to run outside but I hate the dreadmill. They've been calling for a nasty winter storm today for the past week, so I made sure this morning that my husband was up early enough to go work out. When we left it was a nice light snow. We had to stop at his parents house and their back roads were covered but still manageable. By the time we went to the gym and lunch, there was about 4 inches on the ground! NOT COOL! We kept our gym workout kind of light because there were a little bit busy since everyone wanted to get in and out. I packed old gym shoes thinking it wouldn't matter since I was only going a couple of miles. That was an awful idea. We got in a good ab workout and 2.50 mile run. It was better than nothing. Afterwards we went over to Panera because it's conveniently located right across the street from our gym.
I got a "You Pick Two" with the Chicken Tortalini Pasta and Chicken Noodle Soup. I know it's a ton of carbs but I really just wanted something that would warm me up. It was a great "snow day" combo.
I feel like this week coming up is going to have a ton I progress so I'm hoping I can share great results with you at the end of the week.
How's the weather in your area?
Any advice for a first time marathon runner?