My First Marathon: Twenty Weeks Out

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As of this week (this week!) I’m 20 weeks out from my very first marathon. Fresh off a ‘soft tissue’ injury from my first half that I ran a couple weeks ago, the marathon looms in the distance. It’s in the back of my mind when I fall asleep, in my head as I lace up my shoes for each run, and is the little angel on my shoulder as I navigate through my office’s daily slew of sugary work treats. It’s coming, and the time will go by crazy fast.

My Dad and I are running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. at the end of October. It’s a first for both of us, and a great way to keep in touch and train together even though we live an ocean away from each other.

67ea3c6b93b57b935b23cb2593406f96My first half was an incredible experience; I was only 55 seconds off from my goal marathon pace, and it was a serious confidence boost. I could only run half of the half-marathon distance beforehand, so I now know I can run half of the full marathon distance before hand, which means that I can totally run the full distance! The math might not make sense at first, but any runner understands that the numbers are always relative, and the battle is always mental.

Anyhow, I’m excited and nervous to begin training for this shindig. I’m worried that the 40-plus mile weeks will leave me ravenous – will I be able to control my appetite? Are my post-run munchies going to cost a fortune? Will I be able to stay injury free? Will I finally get runner’s abs?!

All ponderings aside, I’ve wanted to run a marathon for as long as I can remember. My number one goal is to stay injury free, which – considering all my other activities – will pose a hefty threat to my progress. However, I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to keep my limbs and joints together enough to cross that 26.2 finish line.

Here’s our workout plan! It’s from PopSugar, chosen both for the easy start and the color scheme πŸ™‚

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