Run: 6 Pre-marathon training thoughts

The Arizona Rock and Roll Marathon is on January 16th, 2011. Therefore, I don't have to start really training until mid-September. I've been running for about a year now. I've met most of my goals (except for the whole race a 5K thing, working on that), and most importantly I've somehow convinced myself that I am a runner. I am in shape(ish) and I no longer gasp and the idea of an 8-mile run. So that's all fabulous, right?

But... now what? I have almost an entire month to kill, and I'm feeling a bit clueless. Here are my pre-marathon training thoughts (in no specific order):

1. 16-weeks of training and a marathon is going to be hard on my body. My knees are prone to injury. So, until training, I don't want to over do it and end up injuring myself.

2. I want my body to feel well-rested before training. I don't want to be sore or burned out before I even begin.

3. I don't want to get out of shape while waiting to train for my marathon.

4. I'm trying to work on my diet and develop a healthier lifestyle before I start training because I know I'll be famished once the training commences, and when I'm famished I make really bad decisions.

5. It's still, um, REALLY FREAKING HOT OUT.

6. I may get fat and flabby if I don't increase the intensity pretty darn soon.  

Maybe I'm just making excuses. Either way, I'm having a hard time deciding what I should do for a pre-marathon training, training plan. Shucks.


  1. Cross training! Let's go on some road rides.

  2. I think it's great that you are being honest with yourself and considering these things. I know that I get a bit out of hand with the eating when I ramp up the mileage.

  3. I know that during summer time we couldn't begin the training. But I'm sure you'll plan soon and you'll begin the training next month.
    Good luck with your marathon training!


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