This is it! The next time I post, I will have run 26.2 miles. But today’s post is about the second to last week of marathon training, week 15!
This week the mileage comes way down. The runs are 3 miles, 5 miles, 3 miles, and 8 miles for the “long” run. Seems like a walk in the park, but 8 miles is still a lengthy run, so don’t get complacent and get hurt.
You may be tempted to blow these runs off because they are so short compared to what you have been doing, but they really are important for you to be in the best possible shape for race day.
I started rehearsals for the play I’m directing, so some of my runs started at 9pm, but I still got out and did them! Another challenge has been getting enough sleep. It was a really busy week, so I was up late on several nights finishing various tasks. But the marathon is getting closer and closer, so nutrition and adequate sleep are imperative now!
I’ve been following the training plan from the book The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer. Here are the tips given for week 15:
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Marathon Training Tips: Week 15
Plan ahead so that there are no surprises on race day. Make sure you have everything you need ready to go. Visit the course if you can, so you know where you are going and how long it takes to get there. Review race day procedures and where you need to be and when. Some races have packet pickup the evening before the race, and some have it just before race time.
Do your best to relax your body and mind this week, so you will be calm and have fun on race day!
Eat plenty of carbs and drink lots of water on the days leading up to the marathon. This is not a time to try out new foods. Stick to your normal routine so that on race day you are feeling strong and prepared. Don’t forget to stretch!
Okay, so next time I post, I’ll give the tips for the final week of training, which culminates with the marathon! I’m trying to stay calm, but I’m honestly pretty nervous. Wish me luck!
Training Schedule for Marathon Beginners
Marathon Training: Week One
Marathon Training: Week Two
Marathon Training: Week Three
Marathon Training: Week Four
Marathon Training: Week Five
Marathon Training: Week Six
Marathon Training: Week Seven
Marathon Training: Week Eight
Marathon Training: Week Nine
Marathon Training: Week Ten
Marathon Training: Week Eleven
Marathon Training: Week Twelve
Marathon Training: Week Thirteen
Marathon Training: Week Fourteen