We are in the middle of the first full week of Daylight Savings Time, but there isn’t much sign of spring! You are also approaching the half-way point in your marathon training and, to quote a scene from Shawshank Redemption, “If you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further.” The half-way point in any training program can provide you with many points of information including how far you’ve come and how much stronger a runner you are!
I have enjoyed seeing posts on Facebook where some of you have commented on completing your longs runs and taking note that it’s the farthest you have run! Your confidence should be building as each week you complete goes by.
As far as fueling and hydration are concerned, you should be in the process of figuring out what to take and when. The long run gives you this opportunity to test out how and what you consume, as well as how your body reacts to what you ingest. Use this time to nail down your approach to fueling for the marathon and avoid the trap of trying to figure things out on race day.
The half-way point in marathon training can also be a good time to check the status of your training shoes. I have already gone through two pairs! We haven’t had any real discussions regarding training shoes but running through the winter with the wet, and the snow and the salt, plus the miles you are putting on can wear out running shoes quickly. If you purchased a pair of shoes at the beginning of training, you might want to consider getting another pair and working them into your training runs. Having more than one pair of shoes to train in can prolong the life of every pair you own. It is a small price to pay to ensure the shoes are doing their job properly.
If any you have aches or pains which won’t go away or get worse when you are running, I strongly urge you to visit a physical therapist who can uncover why you are experiencing it, prescribe a course of treatment and provide you with exercises which will prevent it from reoccurring. You never want to ignore the pain in the hope that it will simply go away!
As we press onward through the early part of spring, you all should be proud of what you have accomplished, so far. There is more work to do, but you are certainly well on your way to becoming marathoners!
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