Happy Sunday!

Thanks for your marathon advice last week on Facebook and elsewhere!  I’m three weeks into marathon training, so you know, just 15 more to go. So far I am loving it. Life is getting very busy and these runs serve as a sanity check that I don’t know that I would otherwise take. The weather – for anyone reading outside the eastern seaboard – has been brutal. Hot, humid and just a sweaty mess. I downloaded the AccuWeather app last month so we could check the weather for our wedding weekend from a 10th source and now I get bright orange HEAT ADVISORY alerts three times a day.

Like everyone else, I probably should drink more water before/during/after runs but please add that to the list next to stretching of easy advice I’m not taking.

Here’s what went down last week:

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Training for your first marathon is a big undertaking; I know, I’m doing it now. I’ve asked some of my friends with a marathon or two (or five) under their belts to share wisdom borne from past experience. Here’s what I learned:

TRAINING

Nutrition

“SALT SALT SALT. I can’t emphasize this enough. I literally ate salt packets when it was really hot. Each time you do a water break have a salt break also. I found that JUST drinking Gatorade didn’t cut it.” -Steph G, 3-time marathoner

“Gatorade is key on any run longer than 12 miles.” -Aman S, marathoner

“Though one should keep to a nutrition plan that they’ve set for themselves and not change too much (and practice it on your 20 milers!!!) I did find eating the bananas given out on the course really helpful! they don’t upset your stomach and you can eat them easily while running.” – Camilla G, 2-time marathoner

Marine Corps Marathon 2013

Karen V after the Marine Corps marathon 2013

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Hi guys! Summer is in full swing here in New York. It’s hot, humid and super sunny. I’m pretty into it.

Marathon training officially kicked off on July 3. I’m running the NYC Marathon in November. It’s my first-ever marathon.  I’m using an 18-week training schedule based on Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Marathon Training Plan. Check it out:

Matt helped edit the schedule to fit in some real-life things.  For example, “CLASS” refers to the NYRR running class I am taking 6:30am on Tuesday mornings. It’s a class focused on speed work. I’m excited for it but 6:30am is SO EARLY to be running fast.

Have you run a marathon? What did your training plan look like?

All the workouts: July 3- July 9 (Marathon Training Week 1)

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I wasn’t sold on seeing a personal trainer. I’ve seen trainers before, mostly when a few sessions came free with a new gym membership and I was never impressed. Usually the trainers spent too much time making small talk or I felt like they weren’t a positive influence. (One trainer told me to lose weight so I could wear a crop top on Halloween.)As I told the NY Post, another trainer blindly told me I drank too much water.

But in the lead-up to our wedding, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give personal training another chance.I know so many people who love their trainers and feel like it’s a valuable tool for getting in great shape. My goal was to gain a little more muscle before the big day so I would feel toned. (I know toned isn’t a feeling, per se, but tell that to a girl who has purchased a very delicate wedding gown.)

I scoured Yelp for trainers near my office or my home and emailed a few of them. I landed on Leo Pinto, of Leo Results Fitness. Before I came in, we had a chat on the phone.  Leo asked me what my goals were and what I usually do to work out. He also asked me to text him a photo of me in my wedding dress so he could get an idea of where we could make an impact. It sounds a bit crazy to send a guy I’ve never met a photo of me in a wedding dress, but it felt good to know he knew what we were working with.

Leo Fitness Results

borrowed from Leo’s website

I bought a 12 pack (and had one free intro session) and we got to work. We had 13 sessions in about four and a half weeks, so it was an intense stretch of workouts!

I loved my experience working with Leo and here are 6 things you need to know:

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