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

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    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

      1. well if you’re going to get sidelined, that’s the most precious way to do it 🙂 congratulations! I’m enjoying your updates!

      1. the good news is, even with all my travels I haven’t gained any back… but I’ve also been increasing my weekly mileage so that helps!

    1. These are awesome goals! I legit think I need to steal all of these and make them my goals too 🙂 Good luck with marathon training, it looks like you’re going to do really well!
      Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: My 5 Current GoalsMy Profile

    1. No big weekend plans.

      For pace info, I highly recommend the online free calculator from Greg McMillan at – I use it for my training paces for my BQ and am using it in this training cycle too.
      M @ recently posted…Friday Five – GoalsMy Profile

      1. good to know, thanks. I actually have a pace calculator through my RRCA certification, I just need to figure things out.

    1. 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

    1. I was excited about this theme because I love talking about goals! I would love to hear another post about how you figure out your race pace. That’s always been a huge mystery to me so I’ve tried to go by the race predictor calculators, but those don’t seem to work for me.
      Jennifer @ Running on Lentils recently posted…Friday Five: Summer Goals Check UpMy Profile

      1. I literally just posted that on your blog 🙂 I’m stoked for training camp! You’ll definitely see photos!

    1. Great goals! I’ve also gained about 15 pounds since last year, mostly due to moving not a good reason like an injury. I definitely run faster when I’m leaner too but I mostly want to do it so I don’t have to buy more new clothes…lol 🙂
      Amanda H recently posted…Favorite Reads from Around the WebMy Profile

      1. Thanks! well, injury is no excuse either but even the approved workouts were hurting my foot so I couldn’t do much. And the polar vortex, yeah I blame that… 🙂

      1. “wrong” is an understatement 😉 I cannot wait to run this marathon either – then I can move on to other things 😉

    1. Good luck with the marathon training! I agree that it’s so much easier to eat healthy in summer with the abundance of produce. I’ve never tried wheat berries, I’ll have to look for that.
      Chaitali recently posted…Friday five goals updateMy Profile

      1. Thanks! so far so good. I had wheat berries in a salad at a salad bar and it just looked good. Had no idea what I was eating!

    1. I can’t deal with my extreme jealousy over you going to camp this weekend. I think I have to block you from my life for two days so I don’t sink in a spiral of anger and jealousy. 🙂

      Seriously, have a blast and don’t think I’m a stalker if I like every single post!
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    1. 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

      1. Yeah, my goals were sidelined by injury so I’m reassessing for the rest of 2014. Hope you’re feeling better!

    1. have SO much fun this weekend. and NO this summer is NOT gonna be a repeat of last winter. not at all. you are doing great so far. the weather is a challenge but i just keep telling myself that i’ll be THAT much faster in cooler temps 🙂
      Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: GoalsMy Profile

    1. 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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