It’s mid-July… and a really good time to look at the commitment each of us is making to our marathon training.
During any given week, I try to do 2-3 weekday runs—either 'easy runs' and/or speed workouts; and I include a couple of cross-training days—either bike, swim, or strength. (If I were an Orangetheory, Pilates or yoga person those would count as a cross-training days as well.)
Including my weekend long-run, my commitment is to train 5 or 6 days a week.
Okay. That's me. Do I train 5 or 6 days every week? Some weeks it's only 4 days, but most weeks its 5 or 6. (Please don't train 7 days—our bodies DO need a “rest and recover” day!)
What about you?
If ALL you’re doing are the weekend long-runs and maybe one or two weekday workouts—you really need to do more. And if ALL you’re doing is running 5 or 6 days a week... stop that, and add a couple of cross-training days to your schedule. (For most of us, too much running can be as great a risk of injury as too little running. And besides, cross-training helps develop other muscle groups which work to support your endurance run training.)
The point is, now that you've made the commitment to run the marathon, be sure you're making the commitment to train for the marathon… and right now, while it’s still early in the training season, is a great time to commit (or re-commit) to your training schedule.
Having and following a ‘proven’ training program will help get you to the ‘START’ on October 10 with confidence and the least likelihood of injury; and will get you to the 'FINISH' with the certainty that on race day… you ran your best.
And “running your best” on Marathon Day is the best any of us can do.
(My apologies to all of you who are following your training schedule, which I'm sure are MOST of you—but there’s others who need a little 'kick,' and these weekly messages are my only way to reach them.)
The old joke about the tourist visiting New York City and asking, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" and being told, "Practice. Practice. Practice." applies to marathon training as well... "How do I get to the 'FINISH' line of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?"
"Training. Training. Training."
One day at a time.
One week at a time.
Week after week. After week.
All of which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes about training… from Muhammad Ali, "I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights."
For Team RMHC, the 'big dance' is October 10—so put on those "dancing shoes" (whether they be Nike, Brooks, Saucony, Asics, Hoka...) and GET OUT THERE!
Keep training safe.
And (of course), keep running strong.