James Koole

Marathon runner and product manager sharing tips and advice on how to succeed in the marathon.

Training Tips and Advice

The First Few Weeks of Training

Maybe you just started your “real” training for the Ottawa Marathon, or maybe you are about to. Whatever camp you are in, these first few weeks are always a bit of a stress test on the body and mind.

Early aches and pains

As you ramp up your training and get into full marathon training mode, your legs might starting to cry foul and the some aches and pains will invariably start creeping in. You may start actively questioning why anyone even does this.

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Become friends with this thing.

It’s normal for the first few weeks to be a bit of a struggle. You’ll be adapting to a life of five-days-a-week running and putting in more mileage than you maybe are used to.

Form good habits

Keep it up and develop all the habits that will help you get through training and your race. That means foam rolling, stretching, and paying attention to the little things like sore IT bands or tight calves so you can stay ahead of any potential injuries.

Resist the temptation to run hard now. Tempo runs should be a bit easier than normal, and your long Sunday runs should be a nice easy pace while we’re still running the relatively short distances.

If you want success later, you need to execute on the training plan now. Build that strong foundation that you’ll build on over the next four months.

Updated and re-posted.

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