We’ve officially begun our marathon training and are off to a great start!
Our training started on July 3 and will conclude on race day, November 26. Our plan has us running on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sundays are our rest days. On Wednesdays and Fridays we cross train. This typically consists of 45 minutes to an hour’s worth of activity such as strength training at the gym in our office or swimming. I also used to be a spinning instructor in college, so that’s my favorite type of cross training. And last week, we got back to Will’s sports roots by playing basketball.
Each Saturday we add a mile to our run, and will be able to run 20 miles by the day of the marathon. The idea is that once your body can run 20 miles, the remaining 6.2 is all mental. I’ve used this training for previous marathons.
We haven’t signed up for any smaller races yet, but we won’t rule it out. We think it would be a great way to continue exploring the West Coast.
By the end of all this training, our goal is to complete the marathon in less than four hours. But we’ll be happy if we just finish it! Wish us luck!
§ 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.