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 Comments on Friday Five: Marathon Training Goals

  1. I know what you mean about running better at a leaner weight – when I started to creep back up recently I noticed in my running! Good luck on the goals – great ones!
    Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?! recently posted…Getting Ready for the NYC TriathlonMy Profile

  2. It is a lot easier to eat healthier in the summer. I love all of the grilled veggies. I am also determined not to have a repeat of last winter by getting injured again. Here’s to both of us staying healthy!! happy Friday!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…5 Goals this FridayMy Profile

  3. 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

  4. I need to re-focus on #1 and #2. I know I added some vacation weight! Can’t wait to get back on track. Have a great weekend Mar!
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five: Maryland Bucket List RacesMy Profile

  5. 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

  6. I have no idea what my race pace is either ! and love berries… I am just missing blueberries, we don’t have them in France. 🙁
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…Friday Five : Five Summer goalsMy Profile

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. I can’t wait for you to report back about the Steelers training camp!
    Meranda@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…The Blogging Process and What is Your Social Media Personality?My Profile

  10. My goal was to keep on running, and I’m doing very well I’m happy to say. I run almost daily.
    Nicole recently posted…My goals are not very SmartMy Profile

  11. All great goals, Mar. I hear ya about how weight and eating right has a direct impact on how you feel when you’re running. Its so much easier to move our bodies when its just a few pounds lighter. 🙂
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – July 25th – Summer Goals Check InMy Profile

  12. 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

  13. These are some great goals! The best part? They are totally do-able! You’re gunna rock them all!
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Five Summer GoalsMy Profile

  14. We’ve got some similar goals for training! Looking forward to hearing about Steelers training camp!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Friday Five: Half Marathon Training GoalsMy Profile

  15. I have no idea what my race pace is either! Congrats on the weight loss so far! You’ve got some great goals!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Friday Five: I’m a City Fit Girls Ambassador!My Profile

  16. Good luck reaching your goals. You’ve got this!

  17. 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

    • 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… 🙂

  18. I know I’m a fan for the “wrong” team, but have fun this weekend and definitely tell that hottie kicker I said hello. 🙂
    I cannot wait for you to run this marathon. You are going to own it!
    runsaltrun recently posted…Life is just a bowl of cherries! {And a chiro update.}My Profile

  19. I’m also 3 weeks into training for my first marathon and have been researching nutrition for race training. Good luck with the training!!
    Emily recently posted…Help Wanted: I’d Love Your Nutrition Tips!!My Profile

  20. 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

  21. 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!
    Aimee recently posted…Throw Back Thursday: The Little Green BeltMy Profile

  22. Good luck at training camp! You’re a beast!… & a beauty 🙂
    Rebecca Jo recently posted…Friday Five: GoalsMy Profile

  23. I am planning my first marathon this year too. All the best with training
    Runwright recently posted…Five Things Friday 7 25 14My Profile

  24. 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

  25. My goal this year was to face my fears and stay injury free… I’m on the brink of injury and taking some time off from running for a little while. Not in the plans, but that’s just how things go sometimes!
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  26. 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

  27. Girl, I gained 8-10 pounds during marathon training last year. It is definitely one of my goals to keep my eating at bay this time around! Sounds like you are doing good at your goals!!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…{Guest Post}–Nicole from My Fit Family: DreamMy Profile

  28. Keep up the good work and you’ll beast your marathon. Just run what feels good and you’ll be fine!
    Ashley recently posted…New Goals! {Friday Five Link Up}My Profile

  29. My goal post is also marathon / fitness / diet related. I love setting goals, thanks for this great topic!
    Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine recently posted…Friday Five: GoalsMy Profile

  30. Wheat berry chili is one of my favorites!

  31. 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

  32. Good luck with your marathon training! I did two when I was living in San Diego and, to date, both were some of the biggest challenges I’ve ever encountered. It requires so much dedication to train for 4+ months, but it is so worth it!
    Marnie @ SuperSmartMama recently posted…Friday Five: Summer Wish List UpdateMy Profile

  33. I hope you had a blast at your Steelers training camp; it sounds so fun! I’ve heard that Virginia Tech has a women’s football weekend that I’d love to attend!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Possibly The Best New Piece Of Running Gear, EVER!My Profile

  34. Haha suck it up buttercup is awesome. I def have noticed an improvement with my running/losing weight. This week I re-start better eating habits – I’ve prob gained 5 lbs from vacation food!
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five: Maryland Bucket List RacesMy Profile

  35. Those are some great goals to help you with your marathon training. I’m also trying to get more lean and focus on strength training and eating healthier. You’re doing great so far – keep up the hard work 🙂
    Heather Runs Thirteen Point One recently posted…week in review; july 21–27My Profile

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