My Top Five Tips for Surviving Your First Marathon

My Top Five Tips for Surviving Your First Marathon

A year ago, while training for the Eau Claire Marathon, I shared a total of 20 tips for training for your first marathon. There’s no marathon on my calendar until fall of 2020 at the earliest (except for the marathon of labor) but I wanted to narrow those tips down to what I think are essential for surviving your first marathon. And not just running the 26.2 miles itself but getting through training without injury and with the most excitement for race day.

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Training Tips Tuesday #50: Motivation for Winter Running

Now that I’m done with the 2018 racing season and I don’t have a race on the calendar for 2019, I’m finding it’s a little bit harder to get out on my runs. Especially my work week runs since it’s dark and cold so I’m finding myself on the treadmill for those runs. So today I’m sharing the tips I’m using to get motivated and get my runs in!

Being Flexible With Pace And Mileage

I’ve cut back my mileage and pace even more since I’m not training for a goal race anymore and am just running based on how I feel. Which lately has meant my longest run is either five or six miles. It’s hard to make the mental shift to seeing a lower weekly mileage but it helps me get in my weekend miles without having to hit an exact number.

Picking Out A Good Book Or Show

Since I’m on the treadmill for my work week runs, my go-to entertainment is Netflix. I just finished up watching Versailles and now I’ve started on Reign. Treadmill runs aren’t the only time I’ll watch this show but it helps me get excited about being on the treadmill.


Similarly, I have an audiobook for my weekend runs. This is usually the only time I’ll listen to it (unless I’m out of podcasts for the day) so it motivates me to find out what happens next. Currently, I’m listening to Circe by Madeline Miller.

Giving Myself A Post-Run Carrot

Sometimes, I just need to have something waiting for me after my run to get me pumped up to head out into the cold or onto the treadmill. Right now, it’s a lot of smoothie bowls (with mini chocolate chips), eggs and hashbrowns or warm baths.