How to Train for a Marathon in 3 Months: Week Two


Well, I’d have to say that I have learned so much already this first week of training, in my goal to train for a marathon in three months.  I ran a total of five days, ranging from 4 miles to 10 on Saturday, being my long run.  I am following the Nike running, training app.  My body feels tired, but happy.  I can feel myself stretching throughout the night when I move, because my muscles feel tight – and I find myself fantasizing about a masseuse visiting me and offering up free services.  I try to pay my kids, and sometimes they go for it and other times they laugh and run away.  I’m starting to think that I haven’t sufficiently scared them enough.  So far, this is what I have learned.

1. It is very important to fuel your body well, so it is even possible to run as many miles as are required. It seems obvious, but it still needs to be said.  Enough sleep, a good diet and plenty of water are invaluable.  I am not perfect at this, but I see the need!

2. I have become increasingly jealous of the glistening male bodies running past me on the trail.  Not only because I am quite sure that I am not ‘glistening’ but that they are able to take off their shirts and run free.  Free of sports bras that rub until you bleed.  And free of the inexplainable feeling of playing basket ball with your chest for ten miles.

3. Music is everything.  I already knew this, but I know it even better now.  Every beat strengthens me and fights back against the words in my head saying “I hate this, I hate this, I hate this!” every step.

4.  I LOVE my bluetooth earphones.  Love with a capital L.O.V.E. No cords for me, please!

5. Set your alarm to wake up early, and do it!  It has been SSSSOOO hot, and the days I leave late are pretty much torture.  As much as I hate getting up early, I hate running in the really hot sun, even more.

6. I curse road bikers every time they pass me.  I wish I was on wheels with the wind blowing in my hair.  Maybe that’s next year!

7. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.  This marathon is for you.  If you run/walk an average of an eleven minute mile, it’s okay.  Just keep going.  (There, now I feel justified!)

8. Sweat is your fat crying.

9. Try to get some running buddies that can keep you motivated.  I am running this marathon with my brothers, and it’s fun to talk shop – even though I rarely get a chance to see them.  I can’t wait until the big day, but at the same time I wish it wouldn’t come as fast as it is!

10. Have fun.  I know, it doesn’t really feel very fun.  I actually realized a few times that I had zoned out and didn’t feel the running anymore.  I can’t wait until the whole thing feels like that, if it is possible.  I’m not sure.

Do you have any advice for me?  I’d love to hear it.  I am very much a newbie and value all input from seasoned runners!



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  • Dave Gourley

    Hey J!

    I didn’t know you were writing anything about this! I’m totally freaking out and run out of fear of dying on marathon day. You are amazing and I’m excited to share this insane experience with you. Let’s keep talking… now that the runs are getting longer I think my strategy needs to change and we need to compare notes! It sounds like we are learning similar things but I don’t have many answers!!ReplyCancel


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