In 3.5 (short) months Chad and I are running the Phoenix full marathon! I am pretty excited not only to do it together but to run another full. I ran my first and only full marathon in May 2011 and knew I would run another full but had to wait for the right time.
I really did not know when the time would be right but a month ago things fell into place and then I knew it was the full to run. I have learned a lot about running and my training needs since 2011 so feel this will help have a successful training period and race.
Back in 2011 I ran 5-6 days a week and did very little other forms of exercise. While I had a great race getting there meant mental and physical burnout. This time around I have fallen into a much more balanced activity routine that I think will help me avoid burnout.
Part of this routine involves consistent and hard cross-training. I have committed myself for the past three months to two days a week of spin classes and absolutely love it so knew I wanted to continue spin two days a week. This meant a three day a week marathon plan which I thought for sure would not exist or be recommended. But after some research I found quite the opposite. So the next thing I knew we were registering for the Phoenix full at the end of February!
Our training plan:
We have three runs to do 30km and over which for me is mentally the hardest part!
And if you are wondering how we plan to do this together with the girls – I really do not have an answer yet BUT I do know it is possible. When I had Avery a nurse in the hospital gave me the best advice, she told me “Now go home with this baby and love her, she is the best addition to your family but she is not the center of everything, remember yourself and your life too”. She nailed it. Which is why our kids are never an excuse and if anything a reason to do and be more.