Friday Five: Marathon Training Goals

Now that we are beyond the half way point of the year my DC Trifecta partners –Courtney, Cynthia and I thought we’d use “GOALS” for this weeks Friday Five theme. Whether checking in on your 2014 goals or setting later half of the year goals, interpret as you wish!

It is no secret my primary goal for this year is to run a marathon.  Now that I’m just a long run away from completing Week 3 of training, I’m sharing my marathon training goals for this weeks Friday Five:  marathon training goals

1.  Shape up!  I gained about 15 pounds over the course of a year, a good bit of that while injured.  After being cleared for activity and training for Pittsburgh, I lost about half that poundage.  While it is more important for me to be healthy and strong, and not particularly focused on scale – I personally perform better (ie. run faster) when I’m leaner.  I’m focusing a lot on strength this go round and am maintaining a personal training schedule to keep me on track.

2.  Eat right!  In order to accomplish #1, I need to refocus my efforts on nutrition and fueling.  Summer is actually easier because it is so hot I rely on fruits and veggies for meals.  Oh, and I just discovered wheat berries.  My new addiction – yum!!

3.  Determine my race pace!  Ok, I know I’m now a certified RRCA coach and have run a bazillion races but I have no idea what my “race pace” is.  I average about 9-9:20 for half marathons so I need to see how the next couple of weeks go and figure out what I am aiming for.  This is not to say I want to finish my marathon in x, y, or z but in order to effectively train, I should have a pace in mind to work towards.

4.  Stay healthy!  Duh.  No repeats of last winter…

5.  Suck it up buttercup.  When I decided to marathon a year ago I intentionally picked a spring marathon.  One, to coincide with my birthday and two, to avoid training in the DC summer.  Well… sometimes life just works out the way it works out.  I’ve managed to beat the heat a bit thus far but that lucky streak won’t continue.  So, I’m committed to early long runs on Saturday and will utilize the treadmill throughout the week for shorter runs if it’s just too humid.  Otherwise, deal with it 😉

I am SO freaking excited because Steelers Women’s Training Camp weekend has finally arrived.  Make sure you’re checking me out on Instagram and Twitter for all the up to the minute action!

Did you set goals for 2014?   How’re you doing with them? any big weekend plans?  DC_linkup

71 thoughts on “Friday Five: Marathon Training Goals

  1. My original goals for 2014 were sidelined by preparing for the baby, but we’ve got a whole new list of things to do with our new house almost ready.
    I like the goals you’ve set for yourself towards marathon training. I’ll be setting similar goals once I’m back on the pavement preparing for my next marathon.
    Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Goals – Friday FiveMy Profile

  2. Mar, like you, one of my goals is to finally complete a full marathon this year; I’m looking forward to the challenge, but this heat & humidity is definitely tough, right? I can’t believe you are going to Steelers camp! I will certainly be watching for pics!! So exciting! Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for the wonderful post!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…TGIF! It’s the Friday Five!My Profile

  3. These are great goals, it sounds like you have it all planned out!

    I set goals at the beginning of the year, but they got sidelined a bit since I had surgery. Only just starting to get back into workouts so I should hopefully be able to catch up on them
    Laura recently posted…Friday Five // Goals UpdateMy Profile

  4. Congrats on week three of the marathon training! I think it’s funny that as runners, we often want to lose weight for the primary reason of getting faster. I want to drop the excess weight for many reasons, but speed is #1. Best wishes of getting those runs in and just visualize how nice it will be when that first autumn cold front blows through!
    April @ RunTheGreatWideSomewhere recently posted…Saturday Update: What a Week!My Profile

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