As many of you know I am currently training for a marathon in the Fall Season. I have been training for about two months and my joints have definitely been taking a pounding running on the hard surface. I have worked up to my longest run of 16 miles, running that distance I have found it to be more of a mental battle. But I have pushed myself by running 8 miles out which leaves me no choice but to run 8 miles back. I recently timed myself in the half marathon and completed it in 1 hour and 37 minutes which is about a 7 minute mile pace. I figure that isn’t too bad considering 2 months ago I never ran more than a 5k.
In the past month I have also had a battle with maintaining my weight and muscular strength. By completing a 16 mile run I am burning well over 2000 calories which is the average person’s calorie intake in a whole day. Therefore I have increased my calorie and protein intake dramatically but it is still hard to keep up with my caloric expenditure.