Marathon Update: The Stages of Training for a Second Marathon

Today I thought I’d do a pictorial representation of my second marathon journey so far.  Obviously this is just me, your mileage may vary!

Immediately after your first marathon, when everyone and their mother asks you when you’re going to do your next marathon:


Then you decide to do another marathon:

You start to research. Which marathon?  Which training program? 


Immediately before your first training run for your next marathon

Ten minutes into your first training run for your next marathon:

When you realize you have another year of this:

When you remember what it’s like to finish a marathon and get your medal

That’s it so far, I still have another 8 months to go and it’s been difficult to deal with training while I’ve been traveling the last couple weeks (and I know that there’s plenty more of that coming.  I do less speaking in the summer, but in the fall I go back to my regular schedule which is super awesome because I love speaking, and I’ll have to train while doing tons of travel.)  I’m still feeling good about getting to the marathon and reaching my goals!

Days until Marathon:  253
Current Level of Confidence:  9
Fun I’m having on a 1-10 scale:  7

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6 thoughts on “Marathon Update: The Stages of Training for a Second Marathon

  1. Will it be useful to you to train in the various places where you’re travelling? When I was able to power walk (I was never a runner), I loved being on trips because it meant I could have some different scenery on my walks. The same old route gets kind of stale. I realize there’s the need for hills, etc., for you, so I don’t know if this applies. I’m terribly jealous of you, which may make you laugh at this stage of your training. Injuries to my back and hip no longer allow for this type of movement over long periods, and I do miss it more than I ever imagined I would.

  2. I’m currently training to walk my 12th half marathon, and I’d like to report that these stages of training always apply. Good luck, Ragen!

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