Marathon Training 2011

June 12, 2011

I got the itch to train for a marathon a few years ago. I don’t know what made me want to run 26.2 miles, but I always thought it would be a HUGE accomplishment to be able to say I was a marathoner.

In 2006 I had actually trained for my first marathon and developed plantar’s fasciitis in my left foot two weeks before my race. I decided to still try and run my marathon, I showed up at the Start Line excited and nervous, after 11 miles I decided to bow out of the race in an efforts to keep from tearing my Achilles tendon.

I promised myself that one day I’d be back to achieve my 26.2 mile dream.

In 2010 as I started to get really in to running/racing, I decided I was ready to challenge myself again and signed up with Team in Training for the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon. On January 31, 2011 I started my 19 week training program. There were moments in training when I wanted to cut my legs off and others where I had never experienced such a sense of achievement.

Not only was I able to train for a marathon, but I raised $2,900 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and met some AMAZING people that I hope to be friends with for a very long time.

Here is a week by week recap of my marathon training.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9 and 10

Week 11 and 12

Week 13 and 14

Week 15

Week 16

Week 17

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1 Sheri January 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I just started my marathon training last week and love it. I hate always having a schedule but the schedule I’m using from Cool Running is great and keeps me moving! I love that you’re also a food blogger and a runner!!

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2 Bridget@MrsGreenJeans September 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

Good for you! I just ran my first half marathon. The first one I was going to run I injured my hip. The second one I think I had tendonitis in my foot. I got it about 8 weeks before the race and I was so bummed. I had been working so hard and long. My mom, who was helping me and is a marathoner told me I would be able to run..I had tried two weeks before the race and it was still bugging me. I wanted to cry. I decided I wanted to at least try and run a few miles. I ended up running the whole thing!!! I never thought it would be so hard. I had horrible stomach cramps and I wanted to cut my legs off. I did it though and was so proud of myself. I now want to train for a full marathon some day. It’s awesome you finally got to achieve what you wanted! It’s so exciting!

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