If you’ve read my blog, you know that on November 3, I will be running my FIRST marathon – New York City.
I have sort of a plan – a modified Hal Higedon one (that will be constantly changing):
But obviously I’m no expert but a lot of others are.
Here is a sampling of helpful posts:
No, I did not read
all any of the above.
But here’s my take away anyway:
- IT IS JUST A RACE.
Yes, a big one. A big time commitment in training for it and running it. But it’s not life or death.
- PLAN AHEAD.
I don’t mean training plan. I mean, figure out the logistics. Hotel, transportation, etc. Do it early as not to add to the stress of race day.
As soon as I registered for the race, I booked my hotel for Nov 2 and 3.
- DO AS MANY OF THE RECOMMENDED LONG RUNS AS YOU CAN.
In other words, if you can’t fit them all in, it’s ok. I plan to one 14, 16, 18, 20 miler. To me, that seems doable. But weather and life may get in the way.
- DON’T LET THE TRAINING TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE.
So skip or shorten runs during the week if you have to. Run short races on the weekends if that makes you happy. You can always add on miles before or after the race.
- CELEBRATE THE FINISH LINE, NOT THE FINISH TIME.
You’ve heard this before. But it’s even more crucial for your first of any distance. You will get the same medal no matter how fast or how slow you run the race.
- HAVE FUN!!!
I saved the most important for last. Try to run at least part of your long training runs with others.
Try to plan fun things to do before and/or after race day. Make the most out of your first marathon experience.
This will be my first but most likely my last marathon. I hope that if I do not get injured along the way, it will be one of the best experiences of my life.
NYCM. Here I come!!
Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.
Happy Running! Have you run a marathon? Any tips for running your FIRST one? Please share. Are you running NYCM this Year? If so, let’s plan a meet=up.