February 5, 2017
A lot has gone on since registering for the LA Marathon back in September and publishing the first episode of the Running Cuz It’s Hard podcast: work gigs, the holidays, getting sick, getting hurt … basically, life.
But I’m back.
One of the first things I had to do after deciding to run a marathon was to find a training plan and/or a group to train with. Choosing a plan was a lot easier than choosing a group – no one’s around to judge how many miles you’ll run from week to week, and whether you’re actually running them! But a training group is real and they will hold you accountable, and that’s a good thing.
In the second episode of Running Cuz It’s Hard, I seek coaching advice from a friend (and a local public radio star!) who's an expert marathoner; I face micro-anxieties over failing in front of others and I find my people.
And in case you’re wondering what my training plan looks like, here’s a link to the 20-week course. I went with this one because it was free and the timeline fit perfectly with how long I had to train before the marathon in March, however, I modified it by increasing the long runs by a mile or two each week so that I can get up to at least 24 miles before the race -- I’m too afraid of running this marathon without knowing what miles 21 – 26 feel like.
November 1, 2016
I signed up for the LA Marathon in March. It'll be my first.
I'm no stranger to running. I very much like the endorphin high after a good jog. But honestly, I run because I can, because I wasn't allowed to when I was a sick kid growing up and mostly, because it's hard.
Over the next six months, I'll attempt running about 600 miles to train for the race.
People say it'll take over your life.
So, I'm documenting it -- the story, the runs, the fears and the fun -- in a podcast I'm calling "Running Cuz it's Hard."
Join me and friends as I navigate training for a marathon.