How to Train to Run a Full Marathon | CalFit Sacramento, CA

running_rachel_oct_blog_350Training for a full marathon is a challenging task. As a homeschooling mom to three wild monkeys boys, training for my first full marathon adds another element of surprise and juggling act. Thank goodness for my California Family Fitness membership. I am able to use the child care and workout solo. The boys are happy and mommy is happy. I am able to run, lift, cross train, swim or spin till I am a sweaty Betty… all for the love of marathon training.

A few weeks ago, Cal Fit trainer Jason wrote an article sharing his top 8 reasons why runners should strength train. I love and agree with this article, as I am a runner. Many times as a runner we forget the importance of strength training. Adding strength training to our cardio is a great way to be a more effective runner, gain speed and reduce injury.

I am in the home stretch of training for my first full marathon. I will be running CIM this December. With 9 weeks to go my weekly mileage and long runs are only getting longer. This fact is giving me more reason to be dedicated and concise with my training.

On non-running days when I cross train, I swim or spin. I love the challenging swim class that Katie teaches in Elk Grove. When I don’t feel like sporting a swimming suit, I hop on a spin bike with Kevin B. Both of these instructors and classes give me the motivation and drive to push hard… when I wouldn’t necessarily work that hard on my own.

Even though the bulk majority of my workouts are on my feet running (either road or treadmill), I do love the versatility and accessibility of changing up my workouts. I can run indoors on a treadmill or bust out my sprints outside. I could choose to lift weights indoors or take it outside for a circuit. I can opt to take a class or find my groove on my own.

Whatever your fitness or health goal, I am confident that California Family Fitness has the tools and resources to help you find success! You just need to make the commitment to make the change to see that happen.


Rachel is married to her college sweetheart and is a never-at-home, stay-at-home, homeschooling mother to three boys. She is a mom who runs through life one day at a time. She is also a member of California Family Fitness. She runs for Faith, Family, Fitness, Healthy Food, and Always Fun! Read more about her running adventures at Running Rachel. You can also find her sharing fitness inspiration and humor on her facebook page.

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