Marathon Training in 2017

So as the time looms a little closer(about 3 weeks~ until I start training for the marathon) I really need to put in perspective on what I’m trying to accomplish and what I’ve done in the past to self sabotage myself from accomplishing goals. I’ve compiled the four biggest culprits that have really prohibited me from reaching what I want. In no particular order:

  • Lack of a proper sleep schedule – This is always something that seems to bite me in the ass. I typically get around six hours of sleep a night when I’m busy, and this is honestly due to me just not going to bed. How am I supposed to recover fully if I’m not sleeping to build everything back. I need to designate a specific schedule to adhere to, even if it means, “I need to go to bed at X time to get X amount of sleep”
  • Over training – I am fairly certain this is something that happens to me a lot more than it should and I’m knowledgeable enough to know when I am over training, but I still seem to do it. I think sometimes I get way into the numbers of things and see 5 miles on the schedule, and I need to hit those 5 miles. I need to listen to my body and not my schedule!
  • Lack of proper diet – Diet Diet Diet. The saying you can’t outrun a bad diet is 100% accurate. I recently went 130+ days restricting sugar out of my diet and got to my lowest weight I’ve been in a couple years. I got back on that train pretty hard and gained about 4-6 pounds back, which I need to drop. Diet is one of those hard things to do, because once I start putting in ALL the miles, I want to eat ALL the things
  • Lack of Strength Training – I did incredibly well with 3x strength training last year for the marathon…until about half way through. I think this went along with being over trained and not wanting to put an extra 5-10 minutes in 3 times a week to essentially make me a better runner. If I’m already logging 5- 7 hours a week running, whats an extra 30 minutes to make me a better and stronger runner?!

I think there are a few other things that hold me back, but these four seem to kick my ass every time. I need to come up with a system to keep myself accountable in all of these during training, whether its just actively monitoring them or actually tallying at the end of the week whether I was able to accomplish these and if I wasn’t, what can I do to change?

I’m shooting for a hefty goal again, try to BQ, so I think seeing this as the big goal and then sub setting them with smaller goals might be my best option.

Does anyone else suffer(or previously) from any of the above? Whats your plan of action?

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Marathon Training in 2017

2016 Goals


2015 was a big year, but it’s time to think of my 2016 goals.

1 – The first and most significant goal of mine this year will be to get that BQ. I’m shooting for a sub 3 hour marathon time and in the event I fall short the BQ is the big picture. Funny to think that when I started running I wanted to BQ by the time I was 30, which at that time the standard was 3:15, which I’ve hit. Now to just hit the new standard.

2 – Sub 18 minute 5k shouldn’t be a big challenge. Initially I wanted to do sub 18:30 but after my performance on the BYOBib 5k, I think I need a bigger stretch on that. This will be a goal after the marathon.

3 – Sub 1:28 Half marathon is in the horizon. Maybe it will happen during Grandmas?

4 – Run a 50k is actually another thing I wanted to do by the time I was 30, which I think is not too far off. If I slowed down and just ran it and not raced, I could get there easy…well as easy as 31 miles can be.
5 – 10% increase in my 2015 mileage. I was surprised to hit over 1500 miles in 2015, but it didn’t seem like it was overbearing. I think a 10% increase is just the right amount.
6 – Continue to grow the @dbqrunningclub – the expansion from 2012 has been very organic and I’ve met a lot of great people because of it. I hope to keep this trend up and make a stronger impact in the community.

7 – stay healthy! This is the utmost important thing I have on this list. All around health will be key to my success!


2016 Goals