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I Want To Run A Marathon… Where Do I Start?

The training starts now!

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Run Walk, Fat Girl, Run Walk!

I hope by next spring I can run in my first 5K (I’m walking in them now). So yes, a marathon is truly a long-term goal.

Right now I power walk 5 days week, alternating between 4 and 2.5 miles, with the former focused on distance and the latter on increasing speed.  The other 2 days, I walk at a normal pace.

Interval Training Out. Walking Plan In.

I tried interval training a few months ago and it didn’t go well. The training itself was fine. My knees afterward were not. My doc advised that more weight – 60 lbs  – needed to come off before I try running again.

As I tooled around the Weight Watchers site this weekend, I came across a walking guide complete with a suggested training schedule.   With plans for beginner, intermediate and advanced walkers, I could easily tailor the advance walking training to fit my needs.

So What’s The Plan?

My power walking goes from 5 to 4 days a week. Why? Because I’m adding in cardio – aerobics, biking or hiking. Toning is too important to ignore, so I’m keeping my 2 day muscle workouts. I built in 2 rest days and will adjust as I go, but for now the schedule doesn’t seem overly taxing. By mid September, I’m aiming for a consistent pace of 15 min/mile and hitting the 6 mile mark.

The WW suggested plans are in 8-week increments. I decided to build the plan out for the next 4 months. That takes me to January to hopefully start interval training. But for now, I can use the walking plan to build up my endurance, strength and speed.

Sweet!

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7 thoughts on “I Want To Run A Marathon… Where Do I Start?

  1. Sounds like you have a plan in place which is critical. Listen to your body during this process and I bet you will be ready for a 5k before spring. Go girl!

  2. You can do it! It’s great to have goals.

  3. You can definitely do it! It takes patience and time and then more patience! Good luck!

    • Thanks for the encouragement. You’re right – patience and time are key. I do have a tendency to over do it and get frustrated when it doesn’t go as planned. I’m learning more and more to just go with the flow.

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