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?