Target Race: Mankato Marathon
I started running in 2013 and have run many 5k’s, 10K’s, and a couple of half marathons. I wanted to run a full marathon but was a little scared about the distance and also, time to put in for training. This year I made up my mind to run the full marathon and found a good training program through Run Minnesota. I did a few races organized by Run Minnesota (MDRA) in the past but did not know that they also have training programs for half and full marathons. That was perfect as I wanted to run a marathon, but wanted to ensure I was going through proper training.
Our Team lead was awesome, very knowledgeable, and shared a lot of experience as he has run 25+ full marathons. He always motivated the team to push and helped me find new limits. He helped keep us on track to follow the training plan but was flexible enough to change the miles based on the group’s preference.
The training class helped me strengthen my core by doing hill and speed training on Tuesdays and long runs on Saturdays. I enjoyed having support throughout the training events. Additionally, every Wednesday, there are Q/A sessions with coaches to answer all your training-related questions. I found those very helpful as I prepared for my first Marathon.