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#26Strong City of Oaks Marathon Training Plan

I’m a part of the Saucony Team #26Strong and today officially kicks off training for my partner, Andi! I’m so excited for her and the entire journey to the finish line. I know she Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon Training Planwill do awesome come November 2 when we line up together at the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh, NC. When it comes to my personal training and especially working with someone who hasn’t run a marathon before, my main goal for her is to enjoy the whole experience. One thing I cannot stress enough to anyone who is running or beginning running is that you can never get your ‘firsts’ back. Once you run your first, you’ll always remember it so make the most of the experience and don’t worry about time. Instead, soak up the scenery, the crowd and the feeling of finishing. We’ve discussed her training plan and schedule as she is a PA in Charlotte. The furthest she has run previously is a 10K so it will be a whole new world for her running this far and her training is a blank slate, which I am excited about.

When putting together her training plan, I discussed with her how I wanted her to feel while running and to make sure that she is actually enjoying training. I’ve run a lot of different training cycles and it really works well when I run less with the most important run of the week being the long run, because I know the mileage is what really matters come race day. Normally, when I’m coaching, I’m coaching cross country which is only a 3 mile race. Because I haven’t really ‘trained’ many people to run their first marathon beyond a few tips and tricks and putting together a very loose training plan for them, this is my first real go at it. I’m glad that Andi and I have a relationship where we talk often and are open with each other to discuss how things are going and I know she will be honest with me.

So here’s is her first month, July! I’m having her start out slowly and build her mileage up each week increasing by one mile for the long runs. The runs throughout the week are just to keep the legs fresh and can all be done at whatever pace she wants to run at. I told her if she wanted to run more because she felt great or switch up the run to do an interval, to do those on Wednesday because then it gives her legs time to recover for her long run on Saturday. 4 Month Beginner Marathon Training Program ScheduleIf you would like to download the full 4 Month Marathon Training Schedule – you can do so here: Four Month Marathon Training Schedule

I also registered for the race yesterday before the prices went up! I’m excited to run in November with her and know it will be such a fun weekend with her entire family at the finish line and a bunch of her friends and family running the first half with us as well.

City of Oaks Marathon RegistrationAs for me, I’m going to start training for Long Beach once we get back from Cabo in August. Before we go to Mexico, I’m going to keep running and have my long runs be between 8-13 miles on the weekends consistently, but for right now I’m really enjoying my 30 mile weeks of more relaxing running after the tough training cycle month I had in May. I’m still deciding how I want to ‘run’ Long Beach, so we’ll see what my training schedule looks like come August.

It’s going to be a fun four months leading up to race day and I know she can do it. Anyone can run, it’s all mental if they can do it or not. Let’s do this Team Lovie 26!


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