August Beginner Marathon Training Schedule

This is month two for my 26 Strong candidate and she is doing really well! The first month we ramped up her mileage gently and this month we are starting to build on her normal base of her long run being 6 miles. This past weekend she ran 9 miles and though it was difficult at the end, she finished it and told me she was feeling a bit sore but got through it and I am so proud of her for following the schedule each week and I chat with her 2-3 times a day, just seeing how she’s feeling and with any tips that might help her out during her runs.

On her last long run she was having some blister problems, so I let her know a trick I always do when I know I’m running far. Slather your feet in Vaseline in between your toes and heels so it will add some lubrication with the rubbing while running.

Beginner Marathon Training Plan - Month 2Click here to download the monthly plan in PDF form

I know next weekend will be a really big moment for her when she finishes her 10 miler. I still remember the first time I ever ran 10 miles and how amazing I felt after. It was the longest I had ever run and how important it was to me when I was training for my first half marathon. I can’t wait to hear how it goes for her! The whole project has been really fun thus far because when I check in with her it’s always really cool to hear how her progress is and how she is feeling. As we get into the higher miles, I know I will need to keep her encouraged and looking forward to race day when it will all pay off.

You can read my two July Team Blog Posts here! How I Cross Train and How Music Keeps Me Focused


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Cabo Vacation!

The last 10 days I was away on an amazing and long anticipated vacation to Cabo San Lucas with B! We have been planning this trip since the beginning of the year and it was so awesome, I really enjoyed everything and was able to relax. If you’d like to see more photos you can see them on the post so click below!

We stayed at the Fiesta Americana Grand and did the “All-Inclusive” option. There really wasn’t more that we needed or wanted and the only thing we ended up paying for were the cigars B bought and our massages!

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Marathon Training Must Haves

It’s always scary when you sign up for a race. No matter the distance, there’s something about it that is exciting yet daunting to me. It gives me excitement and something to look forward too, yet makes me scared at the same time. There are a few things that make training for a marathon easier and I thought I would share a few of my favorites that got me through training for Mountains to Beach. I have a pretty sensitive stomach so I love these bars as they seem to be gentle enough to eat and trying a bunch of different things to see if they work while running isn’t exactly the most fun experiment!

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Weekend at the Lake + Ride 7 Winner!

The weekend went by all too fast… we spent a few quick hours at the Lake on Saturday and it was great to have a Saturday morning off! The weather at the lake was GORGEOUS, we couldn’t have asked for a better day and though the water was a bit too cold for me, it was still really fun.

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Saucony Ride 7 Giveaway!

Time for some Friday fun… Win the all new Ride 7 from Saucony! Thought I normally run in the Guide and recently have started playing around in the Cortana I have run in the Ride 6′s and liked them a lot! I can’t wait to try the 7s, perhaps soon. I know that Andi loves them and she will be wearing them when we do our marathon together in November!

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 10.06.46 AMTo enter the contest, simply follow the instructions:

1. Follow Chic Runner & Saucony on Instagram
2. Like this photo
3. Repost the photo above & Tag ‪#‎FindYourStrong‬ on Instagram

Contest ends on Sunday at Midnight. Winner will be announced on Monday, July 14th right here!

Hope you have a great weekend!


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