Is a 6-miler the right time to decide to run 26.2?

by lachicaruns on

I’m training for a marathon.

There, I said it.

Dr. Wonderful cleared me for a half in June, but said that if I’m doing well and feel up to it, I can run a full this fall.

I’ve been reluctant to say the words out loud, since I’m injury prone and September is many, many miles away.

But, why not commit? After all, I printed the Hal Higdon half marathon training plan and scratched off the first week’s runs today after running a 6-miler with my friend Janet.

six miler with Janet

It was this run that gave me the confidence to make the call on my plan. I was hydrated, not remotely overheating and even brought fuel, so I certainly wasn’t delirious.

The sun was shining, the temps were in the mid-50s and there was a good breeze, so I sported my brand-new Skirt Sports Jaguar running skirt and Liberty Tee.

We met at Hawk Island Park, where we picked up a new portion of the trail that runs near I-96 in south Lansing. A portion of the trail that I’ve been keeping track of but had not gotten to enjoy yet.IMG_4121

Running with a buddy is the bestest, as time flies and we were done by the time my mind realized I was running longer than I have in months. I felt like I could run forever.

This was also the first week in a while when I ran four times, so the next couple of days will be telling in just how willing my body is in going along with this plan to run the full 26.2 miles. A distance I have repeatedly said I probably would never tackle.

I should have known to never say never, as I also said I had no interest in running a half. Or in running, for that matter.

What I do know now is that I will certainly do everything I can to stay healthy. To put in the miles on the plan. And to tell you all about it.

Have you run a full marathon? Any tips for this first timer? Why did you decide to run your first full?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.

4 Comments

Jennifer Lefforge

Great job on starting this journey! Having just run my 4th “last” marathon, I can tell you that the best advice I received was don’t look ahead in your training plan. As much as possible, just stay in the week you’re in and your body will truly amaze you with how far it can go! Good luck!

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Gisgie Gendreau

Appreciate the tips. Hal Higdon got me through my first half. I don’t see why he can’t get me through a full. đŸ˜‰

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Sandra Laflamme

Woohoo! So happy you are taking the plunge. Enjoy the training and enjoy the journey! You will be awesome!

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Gisgie Gendreau

Thanks. I am nervous, but excited. It’s going to be quite the journey.

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