*Marathon training update – 9 weeks to go*

The countdown is on! Like, for realz!

The Portland Marathon is exactly 9 weeks from today and after a lackluster start to training (if you can even call it training) I’m feeling that itch… the itch to dive deep into training and start hustling towards something more. Something bigger than my current level of ability at least.

July was a busy but fun month full of some backcountry adventures and travel. The result was that my training was a bit wonky, to say the least. It didn’t feel like training at all, but rather maintenance. The bare-minimum if you will.

I took some time this weekend to plan out what the next two months worth of training will look like, breaking it down into 7-day blocks. Each week will include one rest day, a tempo run, a long run, a speed or hill repeat run, and a few easy runs in between. I’ll also continue to strength train at least four times a week and am going to try my damnedest to do at least 10 minutes of yoga/stretching per day in addition to eating clean and doing all of the other self-care rituals that come with high-intensity training.

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My high-tech system for creating training plans.

I dove back in today and tackled my 14-mile long run which went well and I’m feeling pretty stoked about getting back on track. I was skimming through my Believe Training Journal today and read this on the final pages:

“Let the benefits of being engaged and committed to your passion increase your self-esteem, deepen your joy, and raise the quality of your life!”

It pretty much sums up how I feel about running and training. I’m looking forward not only to the marathon on October 9th but every single day between now and then to be fully engaged and committed to my passion.


2 thoughts on “*Marathon training update – 9 weeks to go*

    • Thanks! The planning part is easy… sticking to it… we’ll see. ; ) I’ve really committed myself to strength training four times a week and I know it’s going to be a key in my overall training. I’ll be watching your journey as you prep for Chicago!!

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