Updated: Jun 18, 2019
This week marks the first week of marathon training for the Berlin Marathon. It’ll be my fourth marathon but there are many firsts with the race that make it feel so different. My three prior marathons were all the TCS NYC Marathon (2015, 2016 and 2018), so Berlin will be my first non-NYRR, first marathon or race ever that I will be travelling for, and I’m sure I will think of some more but those are the major firsts. With the NYC Marathon there was a feeling of ‘home-court advantage’, especially after having the first one under my belt, there was a kind of comfort and ease of knowing the ins and outs of the race. Berlin will definitely be a challenge but I am ready, and it will get me one step closer to my ultimate marathon goal of being an Abbott World Marathon Major Six Star Finisher – I got my eyes on that fancy schmancy six-star medal!
Believe it or not, the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon was my first race ever! So training that year was mostly me learning how to run as well as cope with little nagging injuries (plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee stuff, etc). In 2016, I took the start slow approach and really listened to my body, anytime it felt a little off I wouldn’t push it at all. The result was an injury free marathon training. Then comes 2018 and I finally felt more comfortable with my running to the point that I can start pushing it a little more. Training that year was focused solely on running. Now as I begin a whole new marathon training program, I feel the need to switch it up again. This time around I will actually be doing my cross-training days, in the past it was either that or a day off, so I opted for the latter. I will go more in depth of each year’s training and race as well as share my cross training of choice for each week while I try out everything that Class Pass has to offer.
Join me on this 16 week journey as I prepare for the Berlin Marathon!