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Marathon Training Week 3: Are We Having Fun Yet?

by Megan

Last night I ran 7 miles. And so ended week three of marathon training. To see my updates on each week of training, visit my Marathon Training Plan for Beginners page!

Marathon Training Week 3

It has been a long time since I’ve run 7 miles. In fact, I was thinking that this was probably in my top 5 or 6 longest runs. In the past I’ve only trained for a 10k and a half-marathon, so only a handful of my training runs have been 7 miles or longer.

I thought it would be smart to make two loops, so I could stop in at my house halfway for some water and a bathroom break. I ran a 3 mile loop, and when I came home, everyone was having dinner. I grabbed a piece of a bagel with some peanut butter, ate it with some water, and then headed back out to do a 4 mile loop.

I was really concerned about stopping at home. I thought it would be difficult mentally, because I figured once I was home I would want to stay there. But I was committed to running the full mileage, and the second half wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

I didn’t have any music on my phone, and YouTube and my podcast app were both not working for me, so during the first half of my run, Daniel put together a playlist for me, so we switched phones, and I had music for the second half. It definitely kept me going. #husbandwin

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I can’t say I’m having “fun” yet, though. Maybe running will never feel like fun. I like pushing myself and accomplishing new things, but I honestly have to say that most days I look forward to the run until it’s time to actually go do it, and then I don’t want to. I’m staying on track, though, and I have no doubt that I will complete the race.

I’ve mentioned that I’m following the plan set forth in the book The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer. Here are the tips given for week 3:

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Marathon Training Tips: Week 3

Mental preparation:

Studies have shown that we perform our best at an endurance activity, such as running a marathon, when we are at a moderate level of arousal. In other words, if we get too overanxious or excited for a long run, we may not do as well. Relaxation techniques are key to remaining calm, yet confident.

Physical preparation:

The most common injury for marathoners is overuse. Runners can suffer from injuries caused by falls or missteps, but much more common is an injury that creeps up on you from training overload. Follow the plan set forth, don’t add extra mileage, and run at a comfortable pace. Make sure to stretch and take your rest days. At the first signs of injury, ice the painful area and assess if you will need to cut back temporarily on your running.

If you need to cross train, because of an injury or circumstances that don’t allow you to run, you should train for the same amount of time it would take you to run the mileage you would have been running. Stair steppers and water aerobics are good cross training options for running.

Next week’s long run is 8 miles, and then the following week is 10 miles! I had a great experience with both of those runs when training for my half-marathon, so I’m hoping history repeats itself! In just a few short weeks I’ll be running longer distances than I’ve ever run before. I’m excited for the challenge. Bring. It. On.

Previous Posts:
Training Schedule for Marathon Beginners
Marathon Training: Week One
Marathon Training: Week Two

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