Marathon Training ….Here I go again!

I’m back! It’s been over a month since I participated in the Weekly Wrap but don’t think I haven’t been keeping up with you all ….I just needed a little break. I needed a break from running, working out, talking about running and working out and just really everything. Ever feel that way?

If you follow me regularly, you know that I completed my first marathon in January …so that, in and of itself, requires and demands some down time. You also know that Major Hubs is deploying VERY soon so I’m sure you can imagine that I have simply wanted to devote all of my attention to spending as much quality and quantity time with him before he leaves. In addition to that, there is a lot of things that need to be taken care of before a spouse leaves on a deployment ….things that one may not ever consider unless they’ve been through one. Needless to say, things have been a little hectic around my house.

With all the being said, I did sign up for my second marathon and the training miles aren’t going to run themselves … it’s time for me to get back in the game, get focused and link back up with all of my fabulously supportive Weekly Wrap gal pals!

Revel Rockies

If you recall, I signed up to run the Revel Rockies marathon with Holly. It is a beautiful downhill course in the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver. Again, my goal will be to simply finish this race uninjured. However, this course will bring a new set of challenges …some that can be trained for and some that can’t.

  • First of all, the time limit for the full will require that I finish at least 10 minutes faster than my first marathon. That’s probably doable since it is a downhill course.
  • Second, it is a downhill course. I’ve only run one downhill course and it was a half marathon. The downhill felt fantastic and I ran paces that I hadn’t seen in any of my training runs ….until the course flattened out. Downhill running pretty much trashes your quads and makes flat running feel like you’re climbing hills. I can’t imagine what my legs will feel like after 26 miles of downhill!
  • Third, altitude. I honestly don’t know if or how this will affect me.
  • Fourth, I’m 12 weeks out from race day. Is it even feasible for a rookie marathoner to train for this in only 12 weeks while still only running 3x per week? Time will tell!

I do have a plan and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it works. Here’s how my first week went ….

  • Monday:  30 min stairmill to work the glutes and quads / 15 min. rower /20 pushups, supermans and plank


    Climbing the Empire State Building …without the beautiful NYC skyline views

  • Tuesday: 3 mile run / 30 burpees
  • Wednesday: Spin class / 30 pushups, supermans and a plank
  • Thursday: 2 miles downhill repeats / 40 burpees


    It was just too pretty not to take these burpees outside!

  • Friday: 5 mile run / 40 pushups, supermans and a plank


    Getting the guilt trip from Chester for not taking him on this run

  • Saturday: 1 hour strength training with the hubby

When the weather forecast predicted rain all day for Saturday, I decided to move my long run to Friday ….yeah, that didn’t quite work out and 5 was all I could get in that day. I’ll have to make that up this week. Overall, not a bad week of workouts but I’m not sure how good of a week it was for ‘marathon training’. Oh well ….pressing on.

How was your week? What are you training for? Ever run a race in high altitude? Any tips or advice?

WeeklyWrapNewI’m linking up with the fabulous Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap! Be sure to visit their blogs and the others to see what fun and inspiring adventures they’re all on these days.


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38 thoughts on “Marathon Training ….Here I go again!

  1. Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your time off. 12 weeks is doable but it will be intense as I’m sure you know! That race looks totally gorgeous. Just make sure you’re doing some training on hills. It makes a difference.

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  2. I totally understand that you needed a break, but welcome back!

    So excited to follow your training journey to your second marathon. I’ve heard that the course is absolutely beautiful!

    For my first marathon I trained 16 weeks, for my second marathon 20 weeks and for this weekend’d marathon I did a 12 week training. Let me tell you – I much preferred the 12 week training. I definitely experienced burnout during my other training cycles so I prefer a shorter,slight more intense, training schedule.

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    • I hope it works well for me too! My first one was too long in the sense that I definitely got burned out and also that I was beginning to get injuries. However, on the flip side I think I needed a longer one to build slowly. Now that I know I can run the distance, I hope this shorter cycle will work well. We shall see!!


  3. Your Rocky Mountain marathon sounds so fun (in a marathon sort of way LOL). I doubt you’ll much difficulty in training because you still most of your base from before. I have done some races that have an “overall downhill grade” but I assume your race will be much more extreme 😉 I think it’s exciting to take on a challenge such as this…something new!

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  4. We ran at altitude in Utah right? I raced in Denver a couple of times and I also raced higher up (georgetown CO 8500′). The air is thin and dry and not humid (YAY!) and you kind of want an O2 tank but it is what it is. You’ll be fine. Just pay special attention to hydration.

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  5. I’m going to be running the Grand Tetons Half in June so I hear you on the nervousness of running at a high altitude when you live at sea level! Other than sleeping in a hypobaric chamber, I’m not sure what I can do. LOL

    My marathon PR is on a downhill course, where the first seven miles were very steep downhill and then it flattened out with some rolling hills, so again, I hear ya! Good luck with your training. You and Holly will have a blast!

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  6. My next half will also be at elevation again, and also net downhill as well. Luckily for me, it’s also not until July. Because I’m having to take getting back to running even slower than I thought I would have to.
    Your race will be soooooo beautiful & it’s always more fun with friends. And the training will certainly help take your mind off of Major Hubs — a little, anyway.
    So what are you gonna do after the marathon to take your mind off of it some more? 🙂


  7. I feel much better after running some major downhills today. It’s hard to duplicate the downhill grade around here for anything longer than a half mile or so. But, I was able to do it in Chattanooga, TN. We will be fine (repeat often). 😉 At least we will have fun!

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  8. That’s so awesome you’ve already signed up for your second marathon! And yes 12 weeks is plenty of time with 3 days a week. I tried my best to follow a training plan, but honestly I missed 2-3 long runs and still PR’d at Shamrock. Will you and Holly stick together? That will help the miles click by faster. Can’t wait to see how well you both do!! How exciting!

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  9. I think you will be fine for your marathon. As others mentioned, you have all the fitness from your first marathon training in the bank. I have done a few downhill marathons, and liked them…..until the course flattened out at the end. After running downhill for 18 or 20 miles, even flat feels like the Matterhorn. Just rein it in at the beginning, even though that will be tough. It’s the beginning of the race, you feel great, and you want to fly, but hold back a little bit. Can’t wait to read your race report on this one!

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