Well, I don’t have any secrets to help you magically run a marathon on little training or be super faster. But I do know what’s been helping me out with marathon training and wanted to share it with you.
I won’t guarantee they’ll work for you as well as they have for me but it can’t hurt to give them a try. Before race day of course. Because nothing new on race day. Ever. Bonus secret right there.
Schedule your runs for when you feel your best
The further I get into marathon training, the more I’m finding out that morning runs are better for me during marathon training. Mostly because I don’t feel like I’m about to cook in my own skin when I head out at 7 a.m. I can’t always get my runs in the morning but I’m working on moving runs to the morning when I can.
This helps me look forward to runs more (again, not roasting on my run) and also I’m not dreading my runs after work every time I look at the forecast. This means sacrificing other things, like sleep, because I have to get up earlier to run earlier. That just means I go to sleep a little earlier than normal so I get a somewhat decent amount of sleep.
Carbs, carbs and more carbs
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I feel like a subtitle for this training cycle is Operation Eat All The Carbs. But it’s seriously helping. I’m not feeling extra tired or hungry at the end of the day and I feel like that is because I’m eating more carbs than I was during other training cycles. It might also be that I’m eating enough to support my running. But figuring out how to fuel yourself properly is really important.
Find something good to listen to
Audiobooks are my savior during marathon training. Unlike podcasts, I have a reason to look forward to my next run to find out what’s going to happen. I’m still listening to podcasts every once in awhile but it’s so much better on my long runs to listen to one continuous story. And, of course, I’m still listening to music on my pace runs.
What are your secrets for marathon training?