Tips & Tricks Tuesday: What NOT To Do When Marathon Training & Upcoming Races

**Not sure if you noticed but Flying Feet in Faith is now it’s own domain! Hooray! Still working out the kinks of what it will take to be completely self hosted. Looking forward to what 2015 holds in store for this blog and running!

Onto our Tips and Tricks…

Marathoners are a funny breed of people:


Marathoners. Especially the picture that implies what I think I do…haha!

For the record, the tips I’m laying out here are all ones I’ve come to learn the hard way.  Please save yourself the headache of these mistakes and learn from me…I’m preaching to the choir here when I bullet point these out.

  • Don’t Think ‘oh, it’s just one or two…or three long runs lost. I’ll still be fine.
    That’s a big, fat lie to yourself. Unless of course you’re okay with not meeting your goal time or if you’re okay with hurting the entire race. Then by all means!
  • Don’t underestimate the distance. Even if you ran a marathon last year…
    You STILL need to train for this race. 26.2 isn’t a distance you can just pop out and jog.
  • Don’t go weeks without any full tempo or speed work.
  • Don’t wing your runs and workouts. Schedule them in! Have a plan.
  • Don’t wait until the last-minute to get up on RACE DAY. Take into account shower, breakfast, potty breaks, drive time to start, gear check, etc.
  • Do not mix/match new/different food/drink on race day. Bad idea for tummy troubles…
  • If you are a female, DO NOT forget your sports bra. I’m just saying.
  • Read my tips from my 2012 training HERE.  Sometimes it’s fun to re-read what was going on in your mind two years ago.
  • Don’t stay up late often and not get enough sleep.
  • Don’t forget about staying hydrated daily.
  • Don’t buy new shoes two weeks before the race…get about 75 good miles on them first…

Tips from Meb Keflezighi (2014 Boston Winner) derived from Runner’s World article that you can read in full HERE.

  • No pity parties
  • Have relentless hope.
  • Work hard.

I run to win but winning doesn’t always mean getting first place. It means getting the best of yourself in each race. -Meb K.

So basically here’s the deal:

You need to put in the work.

There is no other way around this my friends.

For other tips on marathon training success, check out these sites:

Marathon training success from Rock n’ Roll race series

26 Tips from Runner’s World

Tips from Dr Stephen Pribut


Races coming up:

November 22, 9:00 am registration 11:00 am race

Brevard College hosts 1st Annual Turkey Trot 5k benefiting our local Sharing House

December 6th, 9:00 am

Brevard’s Center for Women Reindeer Run 5k**

**This is our SMART Girls winter race! I love getting to know these girls and watching them progress. I wasn’t able to be at every practice this past season due to wedding and etc., but the Wednesdays’ I’ve been able to go are always a blessing.

March 14, 2015 11:00 am

Oskar Blues 4 Miler one of my favorites!

The BIG race goal: April 25, 2015

After a busy year with wedding planning and blending family, I can now officially focus on training for marathon #4 and really trying hard to BQ this time.  If you’ve been following me, then you know that this has been a goal of mine, but now it’s finally time to focus on running hard and fast and finally grabbing that BQ golden ticket with both hands.  Next marathon is set:

Rock n’ Roll Nashville, TN!

We really enjoyed the Rock n’ Roll race series so much we figured registering for this one was a no brainer. Plus my husband, Mr. P, has a brother in Nashville that’s racing the half-marathon too with him. It’ll be a fun family affair. I signed up as a St. Jude Hero. Visit HERE for more info.


psst-If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter the ENERGYBits giveaway! You have until this Thursday, 20th, at midnight to leave a comment HERE.


What tips do you have for marathon training? Any “do nots” on your list? Biggest mistake you’ve learned from? Any races coming up your way?

Blessed and Beautiful Running.


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