Friday Five: Lessons from MCM ’07 Training

June 13, 2014

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?

Today I am linking up with MarCourtney, and Cynthia. Happy Wedding Weekend to Courtney!


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