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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Good morning, pals!

Week 2 of marathon training got derailed a bit. I had a busy week and I wasn’t able follow the plan that I shared. But life happens and I did what I could running-wise. It’s still early in the training game, so hopefully it won’t make much of a difference.

Monday: nothing

Tuesday: 3-mile run

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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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Having a fitness habit in NYC can be pricey. So when I hear about free opportunities to experience high-end studios, I like to share the wealth. (Exhibit A, Exhibit B).

It’s almost summer time, and who doesn’t want to get outside, get sweaty and pay $0 for a fitness class?

Every Tuesday night from May through August some of the top fitness studios are offering free classes outside in the Meatpacking District through the Sweat Sessions series.

View the full schedule here.

sweat sessions meatpacking

a little cold at first, so sporting a turtleneck.

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Happy Monday! So yes, I fell off a treadmill. And it looked something like this:

 

I’ll tell the full story below in this week’s recap. So without further ado, this week’s fitness replay:

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