When my weekly mileage increases, I’m so quick to overlook all the other little things that (should!) go into training. I have the tendency to get so wrapped up in how many miles I’m running or paces I’m hitting for workouts that I forget the other important aspects. Things like nutrition, recovery, strength and core work don’t just add to a successful marathon training cycle— they are the base of one.
I used to be really diligent about core/strength work. When I was running with the Ft Hood Army 10 miler team back in 2007, I would have practice at 5am and then immediately head to the gym to do 30-45 min of weights, core or cross-training before showering and going to work by 8am.