Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Marathon Training

My father-in-law is a devoted runner.  He runs daily and at the age of 63 he has completed 73 marathons and 28 ultra Marathons.  I have always been in awe of his stamina and have always wanted to run with him.  A few weeks back my husband and I finally decided that it was time to get serious and make a decision. If we were going to successfully complete a marathon, we would need to make a training schedule and stick to it.  Last week was our first week of the twenty-six week training program.  Since we already run most days, this first week was pretty simple.  We were required to run 20 minutes, four times a week and weight train two days a week.  Sunday was a day of rest.    We both completed the week successfully.  I actually did more than was required.  Two of my running days, I ran for 45 minutes.  If you want to train with me, I would be ecstatic.  This week is actually the same as last.  So just make sure to run 20 minutes four times a week and complete a weight training circuit two days a week.  We haven’t told my father-in-law yet.  We want to get in a little bit more in shape before we commit to him.  I would hate to fail and let him down.  Maybe in the mean time, we can convince my dad to run with us too.  He has run marathons in the past, but I don’t really think he is in to running as much anymore.  Well wish me luck and say a prayer for my poor body!  :)

12 comments:

Lindsay said...

Good luck! I just signed dh and myself up for our second half marathon. Where did you find your training plan??

Kel said...

Thanks Lindsay! Here is the link to the training schedule: http://www.marathonrookie.com/marathon-training-programs.html. I had to alter the first few weeks, because I didn't want to go backwards in my training. But eventually it will even out. Plus this way my hubby has time to catch up. On the days it says rest, I've just inserted weight training. Not necessary, but I'd rather train my whole body! :)

angela said...

Good luck! I am a couple of weeks into training for my second half marathon. It's my second but first since kids. It's my goal to complete a full...someday. What a fantastic surprise for your FIL!

Kel said...

Thanks Angela and good luck to you too!

Mom et al said...

Good Luck! I am in awe of anyone who has discipline to make that kind of commitment.

Sarah said...

Wow- how exciting! I love doing triathlons, but marathons kind of scare me; I am super impressed you have your sights set on one. Good luck training!

Kel said...

Sarah - I would be scared to do a triathlon!!! Doesn't that require a marathon after swimming and biking forever??

Thanks for all the good luck wishes ladies!

Kel said...

So Dad, you in??? :)

The K Family said...

Wow...good for you! I have ALWAYS wanted to run in a marathon. What an accomplishment that would feel. Good luck and I look forward to reading more from you. Following you now :)

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Michelle said...

good luck!

blueviolet said...

I used to run but shin splints caused me to give it up for good.

Simplegirl said...

I really want to train to run, I have never ran a marathon, my hubbie on the other hand, lots! He wants me to join him & I would love to, just need to find a way to start. I'm stopping by from FMB Tuesday! Now following you, drop by anytime http://inspirationsbyd.blogspot.com