Five Tips to Help You Marathon Train

Like everyone else, I picked up a quarantine hobby. Mine was not baking bread or embroidering. Instead, I chose running. Equipped with an Apple Watch and a well-curated running playlist, I started running in March. My  workout routine has been relatively consistent; I average around four runs per week. But this past month, I decided to set my running goals even higher and train for a marathon. This daunting distance may feel impossible, but I want to share 5 tips that are helping me to reach my goal of running 26.2 miles.

  1. 1. You don’t have to be a runner...to be a runner!

    You read that right! I felt intimidated running because I am much slower than other runners I know. I am friends with people who can knock out a 16 minute 5k on command, whereas it takes me about 35 minutes to run the same distance. How was I supposed to live up to those expectations? After a month of getting back into running, I realize I don’t run for them—I run for myself and whatever pace is most comfortable for me.

  2. 2. Swap up your normal Uptown route with a jog around City Park or Lafitte Greenway

    Three People Running In The Countryside

    Audubon Park is a gorgeous go-to since it is so close to campus, but when you’re feeling in a rut and want to change up your scenic route—make time to head outside of Uptown to spice up your run and change up your routine.

  3. 3. Shoes will transform how you run

    I finally made the trek out to a specialized running shoe store to purchase a pair of quality running shoes. After wearing some cheap, beat-up sneakers for so long, I was amazed at how comfortable these new shoes made me feel. After I began wearing them regularly, I noticed that I was running faster miles with less effort. Shoes can make all difference—invest in a nice pair if you are able.

  4. 4. It’s okay to take days off...especially for injuries

    I have dealt with knee and other joint pain all of my life. Listen to your body. Pushing yourself too far may result in more than just one day resting on the couch—it may take you months to recover. If you’re feeling off, take the time to rest and recover.

  5. 5. Life is busy, so you have to make time for your runs

    Early morning classes mean that sometimes I run during lunchtime. Thunderstorms in the afternoon may shift my run from 2PM to 6PM. A spontaneous study session with my friends at French Truck on the weekend may make me get up earlier in the morning to get my run in. Life is unpredictable, and that means modifying your schedule to prioritize what is most important to you and your health.

Marathons are getting cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions, so I do not know when I will finally be able to call myself a “marathoner”. However, running has changed my life and how I view myself as an athlete. I hope you enjoyed these tips that have improved my running experience over the past month and I can’t wait to share more with you soon!