As we wrap up 2017, we will be wrapping up Phase I of our training, which was all about starting a new habit and getting your body accustomed to running or walking regularly. Phase II has two important changes.
1) Ramping up the mileage:
- Half Marathoners, we’ll be increasing the distance by one mile every 2 weeks. It will be so gradual you will barely notice it, and then one day you’ll look back and probably be thinking “Wow, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.”
- Full Marathoners, we’ll do 10 miles this weekend, 8 miles the next as a rest, and then we’ll add 2 miles each Sunday until we get to our longest training run, 20 miles, on February 18th. Given the intensity of this phase, please do your best to attend every Sunday run, or at least do the distance if you can’t.
- Everyone: As the distances get longer, those midweek runs/walks become increasingly important. They are critical to reducing your risk of injury. If you do have to miss some training, please come to Anna or me so we can create a personalized schedule that will help you catch back up safely.
2) Training along the Course: From now until Marathon Day, our focus will be on learning the course. Each Sunday, we’ll train on a different section, with the goal of covering each part of the course at least twice. Knowing what you’ll be up against as you tackle this big challenge will help you feel more prepared when the big day comes.
Finishing a full or half marathon is hard, and so is staying clean and sober. With every success out there on the course, you’ll have more to look back on and be proud of. That pride of accomplishment will help power you through the tough times not only on the course, but in your recovery as well.