Having spent the last few months focused on work – my day job, my new second job and leadership training – I’ve been thinking about shifting my focus to my health for the coming few months. I’ve written before about my struggles with my weight and I haven’t made any further progress with the scales so I think it’s time to try a different tactic – setting myself a challenge that I can work towards that will encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Not one to do anything by halves, I’ve only gone and signed up for a marathon! Yes, you read that right – having NEVER run more than 10km I’ve just agreed to 26.2 miles of running in one day! It’s always been on my bucket list and I think if I don’t do it now, I never will – carpe diem!
I’ve got just over 6 months to train and I’ve already started researching training and nutrition plans whilst my motivation is high! To keep my motivation from dipping too low, I commit to writing here once a month on how my training is going.
The official “Beginner’s Marathon” training plan doesn’t start until the end of January as it runs (pun not intended but I’ll go with it) for 16 weeks up until race day. In the meantime, I’m just building my basic level of fitness and increasing my running length up to 10km. This initial plan looks like:
- 3 runs per week (2 x 5km plus 1 x increasing km up to 10km)
- 1 trampolining class for cross training that’s easier on my joints (and that is seriously fun!)
- 1 yoga class for stretching and conditioning
I’ll be tracking my calories to ensure I don’t overeat the extra calories burned but I’m not restricting any food groups or treats for now. Wish me luck!
Have you completed a marathon? Or is it something you’d like to do? Comment with your tips and tricks below!