After the Marathons…

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.

I need to get back to riding regularly again ASAP.

I need to get back to riding regularly again ASAP.

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?


After the Marathons… — 3 Comments

  1. Hey Shannon – you’ve been working so hard on those marathons! Feel free to email me with any questions for crosstraining tips for sure!

  2. I just finished my 3rd marathon (1st in 10 years). And I’m kind of feeling like you. I definitely want to focus on cross training and core work for at least a few months, but I do think I’d like to do another marathon in 2014. 🙂

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