It’s here! Marathon training officially begins this week and I still can’t quite believe that this is happening…
You might be asking, WHY are you running a marathon? Trust me, I’ve asked myself this question many times since signing up in November. After declaring long-distance running was no longer my “thing” a few years ago, I never thought I’d run a marathon again. However, this year I have a very important reason for signing up.
In October, my Aunt Julie passed away from a Cholangiocarcinoma, which is a very rare and under researched bile duct cancer. Last year, my cousins formed a team to run the NYC Marathon to raise money for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and when I heard that they planned to do the same this year at the Chicago Marathon, I had to join in. Lucky me, I also convinced one more cousin to be a part of the team who I ran Chicago with in 2012.
To be honest, I’m half running to raise money and half running to support my cousins. Losing Julie reminded me of how important it is to support our family and be a part of one another’s lives. I used to be very close to her four children until I went off to college and only saw them on holidays and I have always regretted losing touch. However, every day is an opportunity to try again and that day in November when I signed up for the marathon was definitely an opportunity taken. Albeit, a slightly crazy one.
So here I am: about to start training for a marathon! Below is my training plan but before we get to that, I’d like to ask each one of you reading to considering donating to Team Julie (yes, it should say Elizabeth Green). I hope to write more in depth about her and her family in the future but what I will tell you is that Julie cared so much about every person in her life and she was absolutely the type of person who never met a stranger. She was inclusive and caring and always ready to have fun. Please consider honoring her memory, honoring someone you love, or simply supporting me and my family by making a gift. Every little bit counts.
That looks really scary all written out, doesn’t it?!? It certainly does to me! Especially since I already know that I tend to get more tired that I used to and I have a few summer trips planned and, oh wait, that thing called work taking up way too much time... But I know I will do my BEST, whatever that might be!
I based this plan off of Hal Higdon’s Novice Marathon Training plan but moved the Tuesday runs to Monday and added the option of doing a HIIT workout instead of a 3 mile run on Thursdays. I’ve learned over the years that I simply feel better when I’m doing strength training and HIIT exercise so I want to do my best to keep those up while still feeling prepared to run 26.2 miles by mid-October.
If you’ve run a marathon, please feel free to share tips below! Especially any favorite strength or ab workouts that help with running form and staying healthy during training. Now I just have to decide what running watch to get…
I’ll keep you all updated! Follow my runs on my Instagram Story for more day-to-day training and photos.