To celebrate the launch of her new website (www.sexymomsrunningclub.com), Becky Reese invited me to participate in her 4 week long blog tour and this is her last stop! Becky hopes to help guide busy moms to make themselves a priority again and live a healthier lifestyle, while still balancing career and family. As a busy, working mom I was super excited to be asked to participate in this tour and learn from Becky’s posts. AS I plan to run my first marathon in 2014 it seemed fitting that I would share a marathon training post with all of you!!! Enjoy!
Marathon Training as a Busy Mom Seems Like Craziness
Being a mom is the most amazing feat of all. In fact, we should all be given medals for just having a baby! But let’s face it, there is way more to life than our beautiful kids – like the incredible feeling of running a marathon. Did you know that less than one percent of the population has run a marathon? Running a marathon is not only challenging, but every time I have crossed the finish line I have cried! There is this sense of accomplishment knowing that YOU achieved such an incredible goal. So, here are some suggestions for making it possible for any busy mom to complete a marathon.
First, I suggest looking for a 4-day training calendar. Too many people worry about how many miles they need to run, rather than the quality of those miles. For example, I would much prefer to get a 10 mile run in near or slightly slower than my goal race pace than to run 15 miles and have to walk the last five. Quality, not quantity running, is what counts. I also think that too much running (particularly too soon) will lead to injuries, so it is important to also include weight training, and some low impact training such as pool running, swimming, biking, or the elliptical.
Here’s an example of a four-day schedule that I found by searching “4 day marathon training” on Google. I mention that because I think you need to find a training schedule that works for you and tweak it to fit into your schedule. Some people may be better at running for a certain time frame (check out our training schedules at www.sexymomsrunningclub.com), while others need more flexibility in the training schedule. Most schedules are free and you can download them and put them straight into your phone or calendar.
- Monday: kid workout day
- Tuesday: speed workout (i.e. 3-4x 1-mile repeats at tempo with 2:1 work rest ratio)
- Wednesday: easy run (i.e. 5-10 miles aerobic)
- Thursday: kid workout day
- Friday: intervals or hill workout (5-10x steep 1-2 minute hill repeats with walk or jog down)
- Saturday: rest
- Sunday: long run (10 – 20 miles that include race pace intervals and fast finishes)
Concentrate on your long run. The biggest mistake that I see people making is by NOT getting up to 20 miles during training. The long run is crucial to increasing the storage of glycogen in your muscles and conditioning the body to the pounding of running, according to Robert Chapman, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Indiana. The biggest problem you will run into with the long run is finding the time. At first it seems easy. Then the distance will increase as well as the time needed to complete the runs and that is the point when people quit. Pick one day a week where you have someone who can watch the kids. Remember, you will be building up to 20 miles, which could take four hours or longer. If you can’t get it in all at once, you can split up a run and do part in the morning then finish in the evening, but be careful with this because as you increase the mileage it is pretty easy to be tired and fall asleep before you can finish that run!
Here’s a tip someone gave me: if it is possible, try to keep that long run starting time around the same time as the start of the race. For example, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas race starts in the evening, so make sure some of those training runs are at night so that your body is adjusted. If you are only running at night and your race is in the morning, you need those morning runs so that your body can function!
Don’t forget to go over all details of your race so you are prepared. Where’s the start in comparison to your hotel or the parking lot? What’s the course like – pavement, hills, or cement? Is there a time limit on the course? Where are the water stations? Is there any fruit or food given out on the race? You need to be aware of all of these aspects of the race, not only so that you can train with the brand of sports drink they give out (so as not to get the runner’s trots during the race), but so that you don’t burn out your body waiting for the next water station!
Running a marathon is a lot of work, but it is also an incredible success. I look forward to hearing of your next success!
Thanks Becky for a great post!!!
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Armed with a mission to empower moms across the country to feel beautiful no matter what their size, mother-of-five Becky Reece founded Sexy Mom’s Running Club (www.sexymomsrunningclub.com) to help busy women make themselves a priority again, while still balancing career and family.