Welcome to the W8Watchers friends team. We know WW works and by using WW and Spark together you can achieve your goals! If you have any questions please feel free to ask any of your team leaders, Good luck to you You are worth the effort Take this journey as I do ...one bite, one day, one pound at a time! TracyZ 1933 days ago
Hi there!! I assure you that the first time I finished a half marathon, I SERIOUSLY doubted that I could run a full, because just like you, it took everything I had to finish.
The great thing about long training runs though is that you run them slower than most of your weekly mileage. You'll see the phrase LSD thrown around, for Long Slow Distance. I usually run my long runs anywhere from 30-120 seconds per mile slower than my goal marathon pace. It's tough to keep your pace slow in those first miles, but it really helps after an hour or two. And you just build slowly. My progression goes 13 to 15 to 16 to 18, then I add in any 20+ milers. I'm no sure why, but I never seem to run 14 or 17 milers! The other thing is to give yourself a down week in between increasing long runs, ESPECIALLY when your mileage get up there!
Usually the day before my long run I'll keep my workout light so my legs will be rested, I drink a load of water, and I try to eat clean with lots of good carbs.
Definitely feel free to ask any other questions - I'm no expert and what works for me may not work for you, but I DO love to talk about running!! Also have you considered joining the Marathoners sparkteam? There are tons of very enthusiastic and supportive runners, some new to marathons and some more experienced.
Thanks for the comment on my blog! I'm hoping to get to a week and a half with this but I'll take it one day at a time and see how it goes. I feel so energized and happy today...I don't want to go back to thinking that this is how I'll always be cuz it's not. Good luck to you too! 3051 days ago