By the time you read this, I either crossed the finished line or failed to do it. Of course, failure is not an option after training for 6 months. Today is a big day for me as I participate in my first ever marathon. It has been a magnificent 6-month journey from being a less active person to a more serious running individual. I joined the TBR Sunlife Dream Marathon and this is my journey.
The TBR Sunlife Dream Marathon is the first and only marathon in the world that caters exclusively to first- and second-time marathon runners. This was one of the reasons that encouraged me to join the event from the start. Who would have thought a leisure runner like me will join such a feat? I never imagined myself running 42K since I only took running seriously last year. Me and family members started running 5K events for fun and fitness. I learned of TBR on Facebook and being an event for first- and second-time marathon runners encouraged me to join.
Structured training is not new to me. The training program on the Nike+ Run Club app introduced me to it when I started on my first 5K and this was the same principle I used in TBR. TBR has its own program and I just cross-check the one I’ve set in the Nike app. I made it to myself to follow the training program religiously. I don't want to get hurt running my first marathon. I also ensured that I attend the TBR workshops monthly for the lectures they provided for the participants. It was very enlightening actually putting some more perspective into running. I learned a lot in the lectures from nutrition, hydration, proper clothing, shoes and technique. The lectures are also inspirational as they also shared their first marathon journey.
I used my iPhone and Apple Watch during my runs and I kept track of my progress on the Nike app. This is the trio that accompanied me throughout the training with a supporting cast of other applications. Some examples include the Health app for checking my health metrics and the Intervals app for my run-walk intervals. I also got lucky winning the On Cloudflow running shoes in one of the sponsor’s contests I joined during the TBR program.