I started training for the Paris marathon on the 2nd of December 2019. Four runs every week including one long distance run on the Sunday’s. I woke up early in the morning to do my runs or I did them in the evening after work. I missed some fun activities with my family as I had to do my long runs and I knew it would take me more than one hour.
Whether it was a dark cold morning or a rainy evening, I always did my best 💪🏼.
NOW… the Paris marathon has been postponed from the 5th of April 2020 to the 18th of October 2020. This means that I have to start a new schedule this summer to train for October. Also, I will choose a schedule that is a bit more difficult. This is because I want to go for my desired time, to finish a marathon in 4 hours (my ultimate goal for this marathon) and I’m fit enough to push a bit more 🏃🏻♀️.
Here is what I have learned for the past 13 weeks of training (which I will improve in the next few months):
- I can do more than what I think I can, I should not doubt myself and give anything less than a 100%.
- I have to listen to my body, when I am tired or I need rest, I SHOULD take rest.
- I have to do exercises for my knees, feet and core as well as stretching (maybe yoga?).
- I have to eat the right food before my long runs. I did underestimate it sometimes and went on a run with not enough fuel.
- I have to do intervals, though my last schedule didn’t have intervals because it was for beginners. And to be honest I didn’t mind because I don’t like intervals (oops 😅). But I need variation in my training when it comes to pace, distance and intensity of my runs.
- Enter more races (makes the long distance runs much easier)
I also went to the sport doctor which told me that everything was fine with me and I can easily run a marathon in 4 hours. Wiehoo!!! Always good to hear 😄.
For now I want to run 3 times a week and do some strength exercises before the next training starts which will be somewhere in June. I am also excited, and happy that I will be running in a much better weather (hello spring and hello summer 🌸☀️)
P.S. Here is a picture of how my brain and heart function during a run -.-”