I can’t believe it. Monday I start training for my first ever marathon! I signed up months ago and can’t believe the time has come to kick into training mode. I’ve been prepping for a long time now. Specifically, I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible about the best ways to train for a marathon as a vegetarian. No Meat Athlete and Thrive have proven to be excellent sources of information.
I’m going to hit up all the health food stores this weekend to stock up my kitchen with some essentials. I’m planning on making my own energy bars, sports and recovery drinks, and maybe even my own gels! It may be a costly grocery trip, but I think it will save me a ton of money in the long run. I’ll keep you all posted on how that goes.
In addition to researching how to stay fueled and energized as I train, I also had to come up with a training plan. After reviewing a bunch of training programs, I decided to use this one as a base, but I pretty much created my own plan. I’ve really been enjoying p90x (which I finish on Sunday, beeteedubs!) and wanted to incorporate strength training into my marathon program. Everyone, especially runners, can benefit from strength training, and a lot of runners don’t do enough. Almost every plan includes a day or two of cross training, so I’m incorporating p90x strength workouts two days a week. This is what my first few weeks will look like:
I’m pretty nervous, but also pretty excited to get started! Are any of you running the Walt Disney World Marathon? I’d love to exchange plans, stories, and recipes with you :).
For the seasoned runners out there, what was the best training plan you ever stuck to? Any tips for a first time marathoner?
Now I’m off to enjoy my last long-run-free weekend for a while!