A year ago, I trained for my first marathon. It did not end well. In the eleven months since that failure, I've had a lot of time to think about what went wrong, and the thing that I kept coming back to was how I did not train properly--if you can consider what I did training at all.
In December, I realized that I need to figure out how I was going to train for the Big Sur 21-miler this time, as well as coupling training with my goal to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year. After doing a lot of research, I choice Hal Higdon's Novice 1 program, coupled with Jeff Galloway-esque run/walk intervals, and 2-3 CrossFit WODs a week.
I know there may be purists who disagree with this approach, but my decision was based on continuing my current level of activity, layered with a practical approach to balancing marathon training with my regular life.
I officially kicked off training in January, and since then, I've been on a constant roller coaster of fatigue, soreness and constant discovery of clothes that don't fit me anymore. On Saturday, I ran what I am calling the inaugural Half Mere-athon (or as most people know it, a 13-mile training run), which gave me a lot of time to think about how the first half of my training has gone. I decided to make a list of the things I've learned in the last few months in the off-chance that there's someone else out there is like me.