I am really excited for this guest post! Though I will never run a marathon (thank you Colitis) I love hearing about those who are and supporting them! I have also loved Becky’s blog since the moment I found it, and I’m sure you will too! She is the sweetest!
Hi! I’m Becky from Olives ‘n’ Wine – a blog where I share my passion for keeping a balanced life through eating well, tasting great wine, staying active, and traveling to new places – and I’m excited to be doing a guest post for Heather today 🙂
About one month ago, I decided to register for my first marathon – the Long Beach Marathon on October 13th! Although I am ridiculously excited for this race and to finally be able to call myself a “marathoner,” I am also nervous, terrified and anxious – all normal marathon emotions, right??! 😉
In order to make sure I am as prepared as I can be for my upcoming race, I’ve developed a list of must-haves for any first time marathoner.
Number 3 on this list is to incorporate strength training so today I’m going to share with you my must-haves as well as a great cross-training strength workout for you runners out there!
1. Find a training plan and stick with it! I am following Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 training plan. I had a very successful half-marathon in 2011 thanks to his training plan and am hoping for similar results this fall!
2. Stay hydrated. Your body loses TONS of water while training – especially in the summertime. In order to feel and perform at your best, make sure you drink water before, during and after your runs!
3. Incorporate strength training into your plan. I love building muscle strength with yoga on my cross-training days – It feels amazing to stretch out my muscles and calm my mind. I also think cycling, walking and swimming are great cross-training activities!
4. Network with fellow runners. As a first-timer, you’ll have many questions and experienced runners can help you with anything from how to fuel to what shoes to buy!
5. Get a group of cheerleaders. This is SO important. You need your friends and family to cheer you on when you have an off running day or need some extra motivation to get out of the door for a longer run. Your cheerleaders will keep you inspired!
Okay, now for the workout! I love this strength set because it is quick and effective. Scheduling 10+ mile runs during the week doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for other types of fitness so I am always on the lookout for something that will keep me toned in 10 minutes or less per day 🙂
If you’re looking for more running tips and tricks plus a little bit of humor, head on over to Olives ‘n’ Wine for posts on how to stay active while traveling and how to avoid becoming an ugly runner!
What running advice would you add to this list?
What are your favorite ways to cross-train while training for an event?