Last week was my first official week of marathon training for January’s Walt Disney World Marathon. I have chosen to use a very similar training plan to what I used when I first began to run. Former Olympian, Jeff Galloway, produces free training plans specifically for Run Disney. In 2013, his training plan helped me finish my first half marathon. Why not use his plan for my first full marathon too?
My body really likes Jeff Galloway’s training method. He preaches a run-walk-run method from start to finish. My endurance lasts much longer with walk breaks and my joints feel better. My recovery time is shorter too. I think this is the only way I’ll be able to finish the full 26.2 miles.
This particular plan for the marathon only requires three days of running too. That is totally doable for me and fits with my Mommy schedule. Check out what I did this week:
- Tuesday: I ran 3 miles outside like scheduled.
- Thursday: I ran 9 treadmill miles even though I was scheduled for 3.
- Saturday: I ran 2 HOT miles outside, scheduled for 3.
This week was funny with the July 4th holiday. I know the 9 miles wasn’t required, but I’m already trained for it. I’ll have one long run per week and I feel up for it, I’ll make it longer. Overall, it was a very successful first week of marathon training!
12 Week Vacation Challenge Update
Most of my readers know by now that I am focusing on building muscle and losing weight before my September family trip to Disney. Read about it here. This week I have lost 1.2 lbs. It’s definitely slowed down this week but I am happy with a continued loss. The 4th of July holiday was a little struggle with heathy eating, but my training helped to offset some of that. You can’t out-train a bad diet, but it sure does help!
Week 1: 172.8 (-4 lbs)
Week 2: 171.6 (-1.2 lbs)
Next week I will be taking measurements & photo progress pictures!