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 was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a complimentary session at the Urban Wellness Clinic. All opinions and most jokes are my own.

A month ago, the lovely folks at the Urban Wellness Clinic reached out and invited me to meet with Dr. Emily Kiberd, a New York City-based chiropractor and luxury wellness media expert in pain management and movement therapy.

I did a little research and learned that Urban Wellness Clinic is a sought after wellness center located in the building above Quality Italian (57th and 6th Ave), you know the place with the famed chicken parm pizza? Personally, I think it’s much too salty, but that’s commentary for a different venue.

Anyway, people seem to love Urban Wellness Clinic. Just check out their endless stream of 5-star Yelp reviews. Dr. Kiberd works with a number of New York Athletic Club athletes and Olympic hopefuls. So sure, yes, I would love to check this place out.

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