June 13, 2014
Another Friday is here and we are almost midway through June… what??!?!?? Summer is going to F-L-Y. This past Wednesday I attended Potomac River Running’s Distance Training Program kickoff at their new Penn Quarter location (more about that in an upcoming post).
Image: Potomac River Running DTP
The kickoff meeting brought back memories of training for my first 26.2, the Marine Corp Marathon. Although it has been 7 years, I thought it would be a good exercise to write about five lessons learned from MCM ‘07 training as I prepare for #2.
1. Going to Sleep Early / Waking up Early
Distance training in DC = waking up early to beat the heat (even earlier when the mileage increases). There will be some social sacrifices this summer.
2. Hydration Hydration Hydration
Hot + Humid = DC! Which means I will be running with my fuel belt (groan). Although I prefer water, I know I need electrolytes for my 4-5 hour runs. After trying the Strawberry Lemondade flavor at the GW Parkway Classic, Nuun will be my choice of hydration.
3. Fueling Up
Before + During + After training run fuel. I will have loads of english muffins, peanut butter, cliff blocks, and chocolate coconut water in my kitchen/car (I used to keep a small cooler with water and PB&J sandwiches for post long runs). I plan to use my Runner’s World Cookbook for additional fueling ideas.
4. Body Glide
While I do not typically have chaffing issues, summer running conditions will change that. That means bring on the Body Glide.
5. Running without Music
I ran without music during my long runs and I will be doing the same this time around. I will miss the music, but I understand the importance of it (safety, getting to know my group, and getting to know my body).
Even though this will be my second marathon – it has been so long it feels like my first!
Any marathon training tips/lessons learned?
Are you training for a fall race?