The beginning of August (tomorrow) marks the start of training for my second full marathon – The Walt Disney World Marathon in January. Even though January seems forever away, as I found out during the training for my last marathon, it will be here in no time!
My last marathon was a success for me because since it was my first, my only goal for it was to finish. As I stated in my recap of that marathon, many times throughout the course of the race I wanted to give up because it was much harder and more painful than I could have ever imagined. I think this upcoming marathon will go a lot smoother now because I know better of what to expect. Also, I know what I need to work on in order to make this an even better experience.
I experienced a lot more pain than I could have ever imagined during my first marathon. Halfway through the marathon, the bottom half of my body was just so sore. It was like nothing I had ever experienced! So for the Disney World Marathon, I am going to put a lot of my time and energy into strength training. I want the first half of my marathon training (until November) to really focus on becoming stronger. I will try to incorporate more hills into my training runs in order to help get stronger leg muscles. I remember I had so much pain in my glutes during the marathon, so I will also focus on exercises for that area. Having a stronger core will help my posture during my runs which is why I am taking on an Ab Challenge for August. I will also continue to go to my group exercise classes that focus on building strength.
Another thing I failed at during the training for my last marathon was stretching. I was truly awful at this. I would stretch maybe 5 minutes tops after my long training runs, but this obviously is not sufficient. So I want to focus more on giving myself adequate time for stretching after all my runs and to incorporate more foam-rolling into my recovery. I have a foam roller so I NEED to start using it! Also, my YMCA is now going to include yoga classes free with membership (you used to have to pay separately for those) so I will definitely start going to those.
I have already made a schedule of my day to day goals for August (you can view it here: workout schedule – aug 2014!) I am going to make a schedule out for every month and really try my best to stick to it. While I can’t believe I am already starting to train for another marathon, I look forward to progressing and becoming a better runner and in better shape overall.