March 1, 2012
Everyone on here is such a huge inspiration and the posts are incredibly informative. This site has led me to make some life changes. I have been lifting for over three weeks and to my utter amazement, I am already seeing bigger changes than I saw after two years of long distance running (40-50 miles a week). I'm hooked. I follow the diet plans on the site to the letter, dropped the alcohol, dropped cardio way, way down to no more than 30 mins at a time, lift heavy and wow…what a difference.
There is one last challenge on the ole bucket list that I'd love to scratch off first before I hang my running shoes up. There is an ultra marathon in July. I will be through the 12 wk plan I am currently following by the time I would need to start picking my distance training up in May. Now the question – how badly will it set me back if I keep doing what I am doing until May and then start running 40 miles every weekend? I desperately want to do this – it's a 60K that starts at night, in South Texas heat in the middle of summer, and on dirt trails (come on, what sane person wouldn't want to do that, lol?) but I am so scared of sabotaging all the gains I hope to have by then.
So please tell me…is there anything I can do to (nutrition, etc) to be able to do this race without taking too many steps back?
January 23, 2012
I'm not a runner, but I do know that you should definitely train for a good month prior to embarking on a marathon, especially 60k! As you know you should start slow and add more miles on each time you train.
If the marathon is that important to you, then you will need to cut back your weight training so you don't overdo it. You have to take care of your body first and foremost. Nutritionally, just be sure you are getting enough calories, particularly healthy carbs, protein and fat.
September 11, 2012
Challenge yourself to do better at all times. Set a goal and stick to it but make sure that your goals are attainable. Say you'll be doing a mile today and add another half mile every week. Hope this helps.
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