Thursday, May 5, 2011

How not to train for a marathon

Grandma's Marathon is 6 weeks and 2 days away. I have yet to start my training. I have been running about 1x per week. I am not injured. I just have not been making training a priority. As an Exercise Physiology grad student, you would think I would know the importance of training.

I was thinking about trying the 6 weeks training plan. Instead of tapering, I would start running but in reality my dissertation is not finished and I am freaking out that I only have 2 weeks left to finish it and then 2.5 weeks to prep for the presentation. That leaves me with about 1.5 weeks to train. Maybe, I will just run half of it and have a friend pick me up there.

I did a 10k last Saturday. It was a good learning experience. If you aren't training, you can't expect to run fast. I hit the 5k mark and just king of blew up...I could barely move. My left was bothering me and I started getting blisters on my feet. That is just crazy, blisters from a 6.2 mile run. I never get blisters. I suppose the rain didn't help with the blisters. I crossed the finish line and pulled my shoes off, walked to the food (mmm...chocolate milk), stretched and ran into an old cross country teammate. Which was the best part of the race!


  1. I will come pick you up. Good luck. It is hard being in school and training, you can do it!

    PS - My friend is running that race!

  2. Good luck on dissertation and presentation. I am slowly starting my Master's thesis myself.

    Good luck on the training. Use your downtime or break time to do your training run. It will clear your head and not stress you out.

  3. And I thought life was tough working full-time and planning a wedding! Good luck with your training! Try to find some breaks where you can run. Too bad you can't defer to next year!

  4. Hi Julie,
    I am so pumped that you are running Grandma's! I am running the half but will be watching the marathoners finish. I am sure that you will still do are a gifted runner:)

  5. Good luck finding the balance between school and training. They can compliment each other as running can help reduce stress and schooling for something you enjoy is always good.

  6. I just ran a marathon without training for it! Ok, so I was actually training for the 21-miler, but whatever. You are going to do this and blow your own self away... and if you don't want to do it, i'll run it for you. :) I may or may not be hooked on marathons after my last one. :)

    Good luck with school and Grandma's!