I’ve run two marathons this year. My first back in February at the 26.2 with Donna, and my second, last weekend at Space Coast. As of right now, I have no immediate plans to do another marathon…well, that is unless (or until?) I get into the New York City Marathon. As far as I’m concerned, the marathon distance is something I’ve now done, and feel good about accomplishing that.
Training for a marathon takes a lot of time and dedication. I trained since June for Space Coast Marathon, which I feel good about. I use Jeff Galloway’s training plans, and I trust his training schedules completely. So, that amount of time keeps you training as comfortably as possible and injury-free. However, along with the time it takes for marathon training, it also tends to take a toll on your body. Specifically, on your waistline. Since beginning with the Galloway program in June 2012, I have gained 5lbs between training for the Donna and Space Coast. In my mind, I’m not happy with that end of things, so I plan to get myself back in shape.
Like I mentioned at the get-go, no more marathons for me (unless I get accepted into NYC), so 2014 will consist of half marathons, 10ks and 5ks, basically any race at or under 13.1. So, I’m going to up my cross-training and strength work. Running is awesome for you, but I think my body has gotten used to running 3x a week and yes, I’m sure my intake has increased as of late (salty foods have also been a craving).
I’m starting this week with the plan, but with Christmas around the corner, I know that the next few weeks may be a little harder. I tend to be pretty good about not going overboard, but still, this is the time of year for temptations! 🙂
For those who have run marathons, has it affected your waistline? Any suggestions on workouts I can incorporate?