Let the training begin!

Wow things have been busy around here lately! But I was finally able to sit down and make my training schedule for the TCS NYC Marathon! I am not happy about the fact that I have to train during the HOT HOT Florida summer but I’ll make it work!


When I set out to train for a marathon, I like write everything down. I usually get a journal and set up my schedule until race day. It helps me in more ways than one. I can keep track on my training day for one, being a mother runner, things like life get in the way of training. So sometimes I have to switch days around to make it work. Another thing I do is I make some quick notes on what I ate, how the weather was, and how I felt overall.

Having thins written down, I can always go back and see what worked for me and what didn’t.

Even though I am out with a knee injury right now, I still made my training to start in April. I’m starting slow with low miles as usual. Even though Alpha isn’t running NYC with me, he will still be out there with me just to show support and obviously for safety. I will have to cross into a few different parks that are notorious for snakes, bears, and alligators. I can’t outrun any of them. LOL

I am very excited about this race and have imagined myself running through the streets of New York in  Autumn.

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I will be using an awesome journal to document my training journey with a JournalMENU. Have you heard of them? They are perfect!



There are guides for training multiple distances, useful tips, and on each day there you can write all your notes. What you ate, cheat meals, and how your run went. Another thing is that each page has a motivational quote on the top. You can use that as your running mantra for that day, especially on those long hot runs.

Now for the GREAT part….I have team up with JournalMENU to GIVEAWAY (1) customized journal to YOU! Yes! Here is your chance to win one of your own. You can design it however you want or check out the premade journals on the website. She dedicated mine to my training for the NYC Marathon and gave the cover and back a NY theme with the NYC skyline. I LOVE mine and it’s so simple and easy to use.

So make sure you enter below. The GIVEAWAY will go from 3/22 to 3/29 and if you win, you will have the chance to create your own journal for training. =)

Open in the U.S. only Good luck!

To enter:

– follow JournalMENU on twitter

– follow Runner Unleashed on twitter

– follow JournalMENU on Facebook

Or just leave a comment and you are entered into the giveaway! That simple!

Tweet that you entered the @RunnerUnleashed and @JournalMENU giveaway and I’ll count your entry twice!

This giveaway runs 3/22 to 3/28 and winner will be randomly chosen at 7 p.m. =)



17 responses to “Let the training begin!”

  1. Kevin Avatar

    Have a great training session. NYC Marathon must be an amazing event. Maybe someday I will run it. Good luck.

    1. runner unleashed Avatar
      runner unleashed

      Yes I’m so pumped and ready to train. This whole experience is just unreal.

  2. Adventures By Katie Avatar

    Thanks for the giveaway. I did all steps. i have a lot of races that I am training for, so this would be great!

  3. indigopet Avatar

    I follow Runner Unleashed and Jounal Menu on twitter and facebook and I tweeted about the giveaway (@indigopet). 😀

  4. indigopet Avatar

    I follow Runner Unleashed and Journal Menu on twitter snd facebook and tweeted about the giveaway (indigopet). 😀

  5. Carrie Cousins (@carriecousins) Avatar

    I follow Runner Unleashed on Twitter.

    1. runner unleashed Avatar
      runner unleashed

      You won the giveaway! Please email me so I can pass it on as you get to design your own journal. =)

  6. Carrie Cousins (@carriecousins) Avatar

    Following Journal Menu on Twitter as well.

  7. Cheryl Shields Avatar
    Cheryl Shields

    Did all the above. 🙂 Following on Twitter and FB

  8. smh519 Avatar

    YAY!!! Congrats to you on the NYC Marathon!!!! Best of luck with your training!! I’m sure you’ll be AWESOME!!! Love the journal. I keep track of all my runs. I’m a numbers girl. 🙂

  9. Alyx Avatar

    I’m 90% committed to running my first marathon in October. This would be a great motivational tool to get me the last 10%. Good luck with your training!

  10. Sharyl Avatar

    Hi! I follow you on Facebook, but have never commented. I’ll see you in NYC! It will be my second time running it and it is an amazing race! Hope your injury heals quickly and your training goes smoothly! The journal looks amazing!

  11. Sue Avatar

    Good Luck to you! I am not a runner, but a wunner!! I walk more than I run due to two back surgeries and facing a possible third. This has not slowed me down though! I am walking my second marathon this fall and my goal is to walk it in less than 6 hours! I walk faster than some runners, so I am hoping!!! I have been following you for some time and you are aspiring to all!

  12. Jen Mitchell Avatar
    Jen Mitchell

    What a beautiful journal. Will def check out her website!

  13. Gila Avatar

    Love these journals! Now for my legs to heal up (possibly posterior shin splints) so I can get back to training!

  14. Morgan Chaput Avatar
    Morgan Chaput

    Love these journals! What a great way to keep track of goals!

  15. Tina S Avatar
    Tina S

    Love the journal idea! I hope to get the courage up some day to train for a full! Good luck!

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