There goes my life for 25 weeks.
Just kidding! It's true that I will have to be more careful of what I eat, and my mileage will increase weekly to amounts that are challenging. However, it's absolutely worth it. 100%. Just the thought of crossing that finish line after completing 26.2 miles keeps me going. I'll also reap the benefits of losing some weight along the way, which will help make the marathon easier.
I have had some help and guidance to get me started. As I mentioned before, I found a beginner's marathon training schedule that is specifically crafted for walkers. I see a personal trainer monthly (wish I could afford more!) to help me make goals and plans. He has created a strength training schedule for me that uses the equipment I have at home, so I have no excuses. I currently have a balance ball, a set of dumbbells, and a resistance band. I also have a wobble board to give me core strength.
He also gave me a new eating plan where I vary the amount of calories daily, which should be interesting. Once a week, I can eat up to 2500 calories. 3 days are moderate at 1800 calories and then the low day is 1500. He also wrote how many grams of carbs, proteins and fats to eat. Thank goodness it's not a really low carb version - I like my fruits alone too much!
I did my first session tonight - 3 miles. It ended up really late, but I was determined that I was going to start it off right. (I won't admit the time, but I will say it technically wasn't Tuesday anymore.) Schedule got thrown off yesterday from a big work project. However, I'm always of the school that it still counts as long as I did it before I went to bed, right? I will do my 2 miles on Wednesday as scheduled, so I will be getting my mileage in either way.
I am still somewhat nervous about the whole idea in some ways. 26.2 miles is rather daunting. But I can do it. I want to do it. I WILL do it!
What keeps you motivated when you're trying to do a long term training schedule? How do you push yourself to keep going on those days when you're feeling rather blah? I'd love any hints.