Two weeks ago I started my training for the Berlin Marathon which is on the 25th of September.  I’m calling this journey #roadtoBerlin. Over the next few months I’ll be posting about my training, how I fuel and all the funny things that happen along the way. 😉  The marathon is exactly 16 weeks away.  This will be my 8th marathon and 2nd world major. * My target for this race is 3 hours and 35 minutes. I’ll be following a sub-3:30 training plan from ASICS. http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/news/images/asics/ASICS_TRAININGPLANS_Sub%203.30.pdf

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First month (mind the coffee stain 😉 )

This plan is pretty intense and I try to follow it as best I can, but in real life things come up or it is hard to find the time.  Don’t worry!  If this is the case I swap a few days around, but I always make sure to get in my long runs and at least one day of sprints, hills, and/or a tempo run.   For example, the second weekend of training I was away in England and I was supposed to run 8 miles on that Sunday.  Since I didn’t have the time, I did it on Monday when I got back.  I’ve also signed up for many local races this summer, which will also alter my training plan, but in a good way.  For me, these races force me to check on my progress. **  I guess you could say I use this plan more like a back bone and guideline.

Here are some photos of my first two weeks of training.  Also, follow me on Instagram: runnerLeila and Snapchat: leilat3 to see daily updates of what runs I’m doing and how they go 🙂

Day 1
Week 2
Along the river run
After run pose!
Birmingham, England
Villingen, Germany


What races are you training for? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy running,



*In 2015 I ran the London Marathon- later posts to come about that experience 😉 .

**Stay tuned for a later post on all these races that I’m talking about 😉

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