The secret to running a marathon

Happy Friday! Don’t you love Fridays? I do. I usually take Fridays off from running and make the day a shopping and treasure hunting day, when i can, but not this Friday.

I am running a race on Sunday and I wanted to take a rest day before the race so I made today my long run day and I’m taking tomorrow off. Of course I only ran 8.5 miles today because it was crazy hot, so I don’t think that counts as a long run especially since I’m now officially in training for several half and a few full marathons starting in about 10 weeks. In any event, when my body says, ‘lady i’m tired, take a break’, I do. I did. It’s done. I’m moving on.

Speaking of training, I’ve been wearing Brooks PureFlow2’s since late April and let me just say, I love them. They were becoming worn though and I was seriously afraid of an injury so my Mom, (bless her heart), decided to award me with an early birthday present.

Brooks PureFlow 2

Now I have 3 pairs! Those are my old ones on the left. I’ll be using those for short runs and walks. I’ve already started using the new ones for training. Now if I could just deal with the heat a little better, I’d be all set because the secret to preparing for and running a marathon is …….

Kryptonite! Kidding.

The secret is the long run. Why the long run?

  • The long run provides the endurance you need to complete a marathon.
  • The long run strengthens your heart.
  • The long run strengthens your leg muscles.
  • The long run teaches your body to burn fat for fuel.
  • The long run also helps you develop the coping skills that will pull you through when you hit ‘the wall’ and you will hit it.
  • The long run will also help you improve your speed.

I usually love my weekend long runs and I’m really focused on getting back into that routine. They make me happy and when I’m happy, I do my happy dance….It looks sorta like this:

my happy dance

Okay, maybe mine looks a bit worse.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get in a long run and then tell me about it.

How far is your longest run? How often do you do a long run?

9 thoughts on “The secret to running a marathon

  1. Even when we’re not training for a marathon (and there’s a good chance I won’t be able to again), my husband and I run a 10-12 mile run every Saturday to keep up that mid-distance base.

    I didn’t realize that someone took a video of me dancing at the wedding on Saturday night! 🙂

  2. great point – long runs are such an important part to training to finish a marathon. Speed and hill workouts, tempo runs and all that other stuff are good if you’re shooting to beat a certain time, but getting legitimately getting the long runs in will make all the difference on race day whether it’s your first or fiftieth marathon.

  3. I’m just getting back to my running properly again after injuring my calf earlier this year. So my longest run has been six miles, but last year it was 11. I usually do one long run a week, I’m just grateful to be out there running!

    • Thanks for the comment John and I hope your injury is all better. You’ll get the mileage back up there again. The best thing you can do is to take your time and gradually increase each week. And regardless of the distance, 6 or 11, enjoy those long runs. As far as I’m concerned, they are priceless.

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