Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Week 1 Marathon Training Recap: Miles, Insoles and Spandits

Phew!  The first week is always the hardest right?

Ever since I decided to do a Marathon, I have been plagued with worry. What if I don't train enough?  Will I EVER be able to run 20 miles, never mind 26.2?  What plan should I follow?  What will I WEAR?!

Enter my good friend Stephanie who completed her second Twin Cities marathon this year. She gave me a copy of the plan she used to complete her very first Marathon last year. The plan is from Womens Running.  You can check it out here.

Week 1 called for the following:
Monday - 5 miles
Tuesday - Cross Training
Wednesday - 4 miles 
Thursday - 6 miles 
Saturday - 6 miles 

Here is what I actually did:
Monday: 5 miles 

Tuesday: 5 miles (with my Julie)

Wednesday: Cross Training on the elliptical 

Thursday: 5 miles 

Saturday: 8.5 miles 

And there you have it. I had the chance to try out some new insoles (thank you to Morgan at SMACK! Media for sending them to me) on Days 1 & 4. I was able to custom fit them to my shoes as you can use scissors and match them to your size. 

I got the medium profile because I have seriously low arches. I maybe should get the LOW instead. 

I like them so much in fact I am thinking of getting a pair to put in my everyday flats that I wear to work!  More thoughts coming soon but in the meantime, you can use their fit guide to find the right ones for you!  

And the rest of the title?  The Spandits?  Maybe one day I will stop talking about how much I love them. But I love them. They are bright, cool, comfortable and durable. No chafing ever!  

The make marathon training fun and they even come in kid's sizes. Check out S in her Circus Act Spandits!

You know you need a pair with your kid!  

Go check them out. Use code SPANDITSLOVE for 10% off and tell them Smitha sent you!

Wish me luck on Week 2. Here is the schedule:
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: Cross Train
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 6 miles
Saturday: 8 miles 

I'll probably switch out Tuesday and Wednesday again. I have also been working with Motion Geek on stretching and strengthening. More on that later. 

What marathon training plan did you use for the first one?  Any tips for me?  Do you wear insoles?

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom


  1. Yey for your first week done!! May I suggest something? And take this how you will, but I might suggest adding a second cross training day in there. I have found that extremely helpful during training! Also helps prevent injury as well!

    1. Sue, I would never take it wrong and I am always open to tips. I will take this one to heart and add in a day of yoga or pilates. Thank you!

  2. Stick to the plan. Don't run more miles than needed. That's when you risk injury. Trust in the miles you are given even though you may "think" you feel great. Good start though!

    1. Is this a Do as I say not as I do piece of advice? Ha ha! I had to say that. Thank you for all the support!

  3. I don't think there is anything that is simultaneously so terrifying and so exhilarating as training for a first marathon! I just ran my first last month and, I recognize it is kind of sick, but I actually miss the training just a teeny tiny bit. It was just so exciting to be entering new territory so often throughout the cycle.

    I agree with TSA up above though - stick to the plan. Your body will need the rest that is built into it especially as you progress to the longer distances so try to resist the urge to go further and/or faster than prescribed.

    I started out with the Train Like a Mother Finish It Plan, but ended up changing course midway to the Beginner Marathon Run Plan by Coach Jenny Hadfield. I found that, for me, the weekday runs were hard for me to get the time to complete since I also work FT and have to be at work at 7:00 AM for a 10 hour day. So I loved that the Coach Jenny plan ran for time on the weekdays and miles on the weekends. It made it much easier for me to listen to my body while getting the satisfaction of being able to complete the prescribed workouts instead of cutting short on a regular basis. Here's the link to Coach Jenny's plan: https://www.jennyhadfield.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Marathon_Begin.gif?4d4092

    At any rate - good luck! I'm looking forward to following along with your training!

    1. OMG! You are awesome! And I love the idea of running for time during the week. That would help A LOT expecially at lunch during the work week. YOU ROCK!

  4. They are the CUTEST! I am doing Phoenix in February and I am experiencing all the emotions!

  5. Congrats on your first week of marathon training. I'm hoping to run a marathon in 2016 and I am very inspired by your weekly re-cap!

    1. YAY! Can't wait to follow along on your journey too!