Marathon Training 101, Lesson 1: Always Be Prepared

Hello, friends! Since I basically gave you the nitty-gritty yesterday regarding my current marathon training, I thought it might be a good idea to share how I began preparing for the big race. Being a Type A all-the-way, I never like to go into anything without having scoured several blogs, books and websites for information. So, I decided to see what the web had to offer regarding  marathon training plans and nutrition tips before deciding on a plan that would fit into my already established running routine and lifestyle as a stay-at-home mom.

THE PLAN

Surprisingly enough, it was really difficult to find a plan that would allow me to run four days per week while incorporating enough speed work to enable me to possibly finish with a Boston Qualifying (BQ) time. I finally found what I was looking for in Bruce Horn’s book, “You CAN Go the Distance! Marathon Training Guide: Advice, Plans & Motivation for All Runners.” It was a great read — very informative and right to the point. After I finished the book, I immediately friended Mr. Horn on Facebook and consulted him regarding my own marathon goals. He has responded to several of my emails and  has offered up some sound advice. I highly recommend checking out his website before starting your own marathon training.

YCGTD

THE FUEL

Since I had been feeling less than stellar in the months leading up to the start of my training, I was in the market for a book that would be able to provide some tips on how to re-energize during the day, fuel-up during my runs and refuel during the recovery process. I was linked to Nancy Clark’s site through another blog that I frequent, fannetasticfood, and decided to give her book, “Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for Marathoners” a try.

downloadAs I was looking for a way to increase my calorie consumption in a way that my body could benefit from, Nancy Clark’s book was just the right read. Again, it was to the point and extremely informative. I finally learned how to properly calculate the amount of calories that I burn per day (discovering that I was deficient anywhere from 200-300 calories on a daily basis) and realized that I wasn’t getting nearly enough protein to sustain the energy I needed as a marathon mom –it’s no wonder I was dead-tired by 3 in the afternoon! Now, I strive hard to eat enough healthy calories, which isn’t always easy with two kids, and meet my daily protein requirements. And while searching for ways to increase both my calories and protein intake, I discovered a few really great (and tasty!) products that have become staples in my diet (i.e. hand’s off my healthy grub).

FOOD = FUEL is on deck for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my favorite (and healthy) eats and treats. Signing off to fulfill today’s nutritional goals — now, where’s my tofu, again? :0)

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