Marathon Training Season in Full Swing

July 22, 2015

The first day of marathon training is always exciting, yet daunting. If you have done this before, you know that that first week is awesome, exciting, thrilling and that can’t-wait-to-race-day mentality is taking place. But, at the same time, you know your daily mileage won’t be this low for another 18 weeks and that is in November. And, I mean, that is exciting! But it is also a little terrifying.


Marathon training to me is like waiting in line to go on a rollercoaster at an amusement park. You register for the race (admission), print out your training plan (ticket), buy new shoes (maybe a souvenier? I’m stretching that one), and then wait for it to begin 18 weeks before the race date. When it starts, it starts slow. Today, I ran 3 miles. Tomorrow is a rest day (or 1 mile in my case), then 3 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday. It was a half week and taps out at 10 miles. Within the next 10 weeks, I push up to 46 miles per week and then up to 57 miles per week overall. Finally, I have 3 weeks of somewhat of a taper (down to 49 mpw). Finally the race begins, I run my heart out and then the rest begins. The ride pulls into the station and starts over with other people on board ready to go for their ride (marathon).


It should be especially fun for me this fall with all of the travel taking place with The Great Pumpkin Run! If you’d like to keep track of my training and the cool things I discver on the road, follow my personal blog, #CourtneyMaps: I haven’t updated it in a while, but it will be getting plenty of updates with the fall travels ahead!

I’ll be attending every event, so stop by and let me know how your training is going! Whether it is for a 5K or a Marathon, I’d love to hear about it!