We’re about a month away from the marathon and our training has been going great! With the weather changing from summer to fall, we’ve had to make some adjustments to get used to running in colder weather. We anticipate that marathon day will be roughly 40 degrees with a good chance of rain, so we’ve been training in those conditions whenever possible. We’re also trying to incorporate hills into our runs as the course map shows that there are several hilly areas.  

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On longer runs, we have to have gels midway for fuel. Gels have a frosting-like consistency and come in several different flavors. We typically use CLIF gels and take one every 4 to 5 miles. This is Will’s first time using them, and it takes some getting used to. We’ve also used gel blocks which are gels in gummy form. Gels are easier to take on the run itself, and gel blocks are easier to consume right before.

Our best run so far has been at Green Lake Park because the trees provide shade and it’s pretty flat. One lap around is three miles so it’s pretty easy to do a few laps and get the mileage in quickly. Our longest run has been 15 miles. We’ve been alternating doing our longer runs on flatter courses and on courses with hills to get us prepared for what we might see during the actual marathon.

So far our best time has been around 9 to 10 minutes per mile for our longer runs.

With just a few weeks left before race day, we’re still striving to improve our times. How’s your training going?

§ Gillian and Will are employees of Amica Mutual Insurance and have received free entries into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.

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