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.