Marathon Is Just 7 Weeks Away!

Today I just realized that Napa Valley Marathon is just 7 weeks away! It’s officially time to panic. 🙂

On one hand I feel that I have been doing what I can to prepare for it gradually. On the other hand I don’t know if I’ll be ready to run the entire course without either getting a cramp or hitting a wall.

How could I know for sure? I have never done it before.

I find myself reading a lot about running and how to prepare for long distance runs. And the more I read and find out how other runners are preparing for the race, the less I feel that I am adequately trained.

Here are several training tips that I found while reading:

  1. Weekly mileage matters. Make sure to put in consistent mileage on week-to-week basis to train the body to endure fatigues from long runs.
  2. Interval training and fartlek are important components of running training program. Make sure to push the heart rate to uncomfortable and challenging zone where the body can increase its lungs’ and cardiovascular capacity.
  3. Running uphill is a good way to build muscular strength. Incorporate hill running so that the legs and cardio can withstand elevation gains during long runs.
  4. Build core strength. Without solid core it is not possible to run efficiently.

I’ve been running about 25 to 27 miles a week. On the weekends I have been doing about 12 to 14 mile long runs. But that’s about it.

Limited interval training on treadmill, occasional fartlek, and I rarely run up a hill as part of my training. As for core strength, I think it’s been pretty much the same since the day I started running.

Given that the Napa Valley Marathon is less than 2 months away, I need to plan out how I’m going to train for it during the remaining time.

Here’s what I plan to do.

  1. Bring the weekly mileage up to 35.
  2. Do a weekly fartlek or hill training outside.
  3. Complete 22 mile run by Feb 7.
  4. Run 8:20 pace half marathon.

Is it going to be enough to complete my first marathon under 3:45?

I don’t know. Only time will tell.


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