In preparation for Paris Marathon 2016 (although yes, I do realize it is in April of next year), I am documenting what I am doing each month to anticipate and experiment, or highlight things I have bought or learned. This will be my first marathon so it is not only about the race, but about the entire experience.
If you missed my first 3 recaps, you can find them here :
These past 6 weeks can be summarized by a few highlights :
1. I upped the frequency of running, and mileage. My weeks ranged from 25 to 45 km. I was on vacation, so had the time and opportunity to run often. I had some great sights over this past summer :
2. I went back to the podiatrist to have my orthodics adjusted. With the increased mileage and frequency (and not enough stretching ?) I was having some minor issues with my right shin muscle. It would immediately tighten when I started to run, and would not loosen up for 20 to 30 minutes. I should get my orthodics back in a couple days and I am hoping the issue will be solved.
3. I have been reading up on fueling. I know this is extremely important and it is not one of the topics I know much about. I bought the book Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald, written for endurance athletes. I think I will have to tweak my diet once training starts, and especially up the carbs.
4. I decided to lose a few pounds before training starts in October with some minor tweaks to my diet and exercise regimen between now and then.
5. I got a “medical” pedicure. I had the podiatrist work on my feet (different from a pedicurist who makes them beautiful with polish, etc)…. corns, risk of ingrown toenails, etc. She said my feet were in great shape the only thing I needed to do was hydrate. She said I could avoid most blisters if I hydrated every night and before going out on my runs. She says hydrate all over, except between my toes. It was a great experience. Need to take care of those feet !
6. Signed up for 2 more fall races. I now have 2 in September and 2 in October.
7. Decided to sign up for yoga in the fall. I used to do yoga several years ago, but got burned out. I think it will be a great compliment to my training.
So that’s it. Training officially starts in a month ! Thanks for reading and following.
Any advice for preparing my first marathon ?