Thursday, 14 June 2012

Marathon Training Thursday - NO EXCUSES

I am dubbing this month...

A June of No Excuses 

Because it is going to take some serious training and some serious dedication to get me to Marathon glory. (Please Note: That I am trying to run 42 freakin kilometers and that is hella far!) So there can be No Excuses. As I write these words, I can feel my stomach getting queasy as I try to wrap my head about what I am about to do. Okay, deep breath.... If I am REALLY going to do this then I need to start NOW!

June is going to be key, because let's be honest the 3 months I spent recouping hasn't exactly done wonders for my cardio, or my endurance for that matter. So this month is going to be about undoing what my little training hiatus has done.

I have a game plan...Naturally!

1. Stick to the Training Schedule and Incorporate Active Rest Days

So you guys may have already seen this on Facebook  or on Twitter, but this is my training schedule for June. Which admittedly looks crazy at first glance. You may notice that there is actually only one proper rest day - the day after MetCon Blue - so I realize that this seems a bit extreme (Me, extreme?! Never!). But studies have shown that being moderately active during your rest days can actually help your body recover, hence the term "active rest."

So I have decided to treat myself to one month unlimited at my local Hot Yoga Studio in an attempt to incorporate "Active Rest Days" and speed up my recovery. I am planning to do 2-3 Hot Yoga sessions a week to help my body bounce back.

I have to be honest, yoga has been amazing for my recovery so far. My chest muscles have been so tight since the surgery. Because of the logistics of my surgery and the use of alloderm I have been stooped over for months while everything has been healing. So going to yoga and opening up my chest feels AMAZING. Still no full chutarungas yet, but I am working on it.

2. Eat Clean and Be Mindful About My Diet

Ah food, diet, calories, protein, carbs - it is a lot to think about. But I think nutrition is going to be key over the next 5 months, so I think it is FINALLY time to take my diet a little more seriously. (*sigh*). You only get out of your body what you put in, so I need to learn how to fuel my body for this type of training.

By Clean I mean...
Skipping the processed junk. My diet will only be comprised of real, whole, organic foods (primary from my new super awesome, super fantastic CSA boxes). I want to skip all the extras and cut out as much processed yuckiness from my diet as possible.

I also want to ensure I am hydrating. The goal is to drink 3 litres+ of water each day, which is definitely something I have been lax about lately. Oh and...I am skipping alcohol (at least for this month). This is tough, because its patio season - so there is nothing better than a cold bevie and some sunshine. But again in an effort to get myself back into fighting shape faster, I am going to skip the wine, the coolers, the beer...all of it.

And by Mindful I mean...
That I should be actively thinking about what I put in my body. I never track what I eat, when, and how much. I eat what I feel like eating, when I feel like eating it. But this month I want to actually write what I am eating. Monitor calories, carbs, protein, etc. and see where I can make changes and improve my diet overall.

So that is my new improved 2 prong approach to Marathon training. I am giving myself 5 months to become a lean-mean Marathon Training machine. And I think giving myself a longer training timeline to train for my latest and greatest adventure will make a significant difference to the end result.

If you guys will recall, I only gave myself 8 measly weeks to train for my half marathon. Which admittedly kept me extremely motivated, but it was difficult for my ticker to adapt. So I think ultimately a longer training schedule is necessary this time around, especially since I am doubling my distance (eep!).

I am excited to get back into training and see what this body is really capable of.
So let's do this!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. Girl I admire your dedication and resolve! Awesome.

  2. I agree with the active rest days! I used to take full rest days - but I always feel the need to move. Hot yoga's a great way to do it.

  3. I seem to recall (from running a marathon in France) that it is actually 42.2 (imagine the .2 is in bold) kilometers.

    I love your training plan and the way you have it written out. It looks very motivating and it is so satisfying to cross those days off.

    Giving yourself extra time is an excellent idea. I also think yoga is great for recovery, but remember not to become so glued to that schedule that you don't pay attention to your body. Sometimes it may just beg for some extra rest and you should listen.

    Good luck in your training!

  4. GREAT plan, I love the mindful approach and am doing the same for my first marathon too. we're in this together, right??

  5. You are in it to win it! Great job. Yoga will be amazing for flexibility and it will pay off come race day. Can't wait to read about all your success.

  6. You are amazing. I love your plan and that you have active rest days in there as well.

  7. Ohhhhh hot yoga is my favvvoritte!! it will definitely help your running. I'm on a 30 day yoga streak right now, and I cant even begin do describe how much its helped my runs! lead legs? yea that doesnt happen anymore thanks to the awesome stretching from yoga!!

    SO proud of you for doing this and not only doing it, but being SMART about it. <3 :D :D :D

  8. GREAT color-coded calendar !! And I love even more than you're using it. I'm really good at creating calendars and schedules like that, but then not remembering to look at it or check things off as I go. As always, you're inspiring me to do better :)

  9. Nagging,err,checking in on you.

    how was the weekend training? :-)

    1. The training was okay this weekend. I switched things up a bit and did some unconventional activity instead - like swimming, running the beach, etc. But not too bad all in all!