Training for the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon!

It’s true folks, I’m beginning to train for the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon!! I think it’s also true that I’ve officially become obsessed with running. But on Monday, my cousin, who has been training for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon with me, e-mailed me about training for the Philly Marathon. At first, I thought she was crazy because we’ve yet to run our first half-marathon and now we’re going to start training for a FULL marathon! What?! But then I was intrigued and I started to look into it. We have 15-weeks until race day and after looking at a bunch of training plans, many of them range from 14-18 weeks. Also, since we’ve already been training for the half marathon, our long run mileage is up to 12-miles. Not too shabby. I also found out that the Philly Marathon is a perfect starter marathon because of the flat terrain. So, after very little coaxing from my cousin, we made the decision to start training.

I realize this is overly ambitious but I’m up for the challenge. I think training for the half marathon has already taught me so much about my body and how to train for long distances. I know I need to stick to the training plan because I tend to get overly excited and run more days than I’m supposed to. Oops. This time around I will only run on run days and actually rest on rest days to avoid injury.

I also really, really want to focus on my nutrition because after last night’s long run I realized I’m not eating enough for the amount of calories I’m burning. I eat super healthy but need to add more protein and carbs to my diet. I also am starting to explore the mysterious world of protein shakes, something I always thought was for gym juiceheads. But apparently, tons of runners have post-run protein shakes to build up muscle, so I will too!

I am still mulling through some training plans but have found a pretty good one from the Runner’s World Smart Coach. Since I’ve already done my long run this week I’m going to focus on strengthening and maybe a short run this weekend. I’m pretty excited about this not only because it’s a huge deal but I’ve come so far since I started running in March! The support I’ve received from family, friends and especially my wonderful readers and fellow fitness bloggers, has really made me realize I can do this. Thank you for your support and here goes nothing! 26.2 miles of nothing!

11 thoughts on “Training for the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon!

  1. You can definitely do it! It’s all about putting one foot in front of the other and pretty soon the miles will fly by… at least we hope so!

  2. Wow, what a great decision! I loved Philly during my last visit, and I think the November date is nice because it is later than some of the other marathons in the mid-west. You will do great and love/hate the training :) Have fun!

    • Thanks! I’ve started training and it’s going well so far. I’m really looking forward to it though because the weather will be perfect and Philly is a great city. Thanks for your support!

  3. I just signed up for Philly as well, and stumbled upon this looking for some blog inspiration from 2012 Philadelphia marathoners. I can definitely relate to the obsession and getting overly excited, so staying injury-free will probably be my biggest challenge. Good luck! I’m sure you will have a blast over the next few months and especially Nov 18!!

    • Awesome! I’ve heard great things about it. Staying injury free is so important. I’m focusing on sticking with my training plan to avoid any overuse injuries.

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