A First Time Marathoner
by Rejoover, Megan Doyle
At the start of 2019 I decided that my goal was to run my first marathon and to do it in under 4hrs. But going from a casual infrequent jogger to training for a marathon seemed so daunting - that is where Rejoov came into play at the beginning of 2019. I started the sessions and entered my first event - Canberra half marathon. I remember finishing the Canberra half marathon in April and thinking I would never be able to double the distance, but here I am after completing my first marathon - Blackmores Sydney - in 3hrs 51.
Here are a few things I learnt along the way:
- Be prepared to commit. Not only giving up a Sunday morning for a long run, but also the alcohol on a Saturday night before (unless you are a crazy person who can run 30k with a hangover)
- Trust the process - Greta/Chris wrote that plan for a reason and I’m sure we’ll all agree they know what they’re talking about
- Don’t feel guilty for resting - without the rest days I never would have got through the training
- Experiment with what fuel works for you - I ended up with Torq gels and found they did the job for me but everybody is different
- Strength work - I did not do enough of this and found it hard to balance this with increased mileage. Something I need to work on!
- During the taper period I felt like I wasn’t doing enough and felt panicky about the pending big day - again trust the process
- Find training buddies - I was lucky enough to have Liz, Laura and Emily who kept me motivated during our long runs. The long runs would have been very lonely without them
- Your friends who don’t run think you are crazy
- Don’t go out too fast - although I really tried not to do this I faded during the last 8km’s, not only physically but mentally too. My mental state went from feeling fine and on track for 3:45, to being happy with under 4hrs, to just completing it and not caring about time. I guess knowing what to expect mentally the first time is difficult.
- Once the big day’s over you feel a bit lost - especially on weekends. After finishing the marathon my words were “Never f****ing again”. But I already know the competitive side of me will want to improve my time so I guess there will be another?
For those of you who are considering doing your first marathon, do it! The feeling once you have completed it is the best; you will soon forget about all the pain from the last 42k’s...
Congratulations Megs on her 5 PBs this year, she had awesome dedication and Rejoov loved having her on board the group training & online programming:
Park run 5k: 23.06 centennial off road park run
SMH half marathon: 1.43.50 on a tough course, 5min PB
Sydney Harbour 10k: 45.28 a 5min PB
City to Surf: 65mins a 12min PB
Blackmores marathon: 3.51 debut