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Running a #marathonaweek

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  May 16, 2012 09:49 AM

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What I did today: 3-mile run, 3, 1-minute planks
On my playlist: "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia

Yup. I've lost my mind.

I went from running my first 5K to running a marathon every week.


Well, not actually (although some days it feels like it). Let me back up and explain.

As the health producer for Boston.com, one of my tasks is to manage our Twitter account, @BeWellBoston . I'm pretty active on Twitter, since it's a great tool for journalists to monitor the news, and distribute content. But, personally, I find it is also awesome for fitness tips, inspiration, and free advice.

A while back, we posted about #plankADay created by friends Sherry Pagoto and Michael Bauman, which asks people to do at least one plank exercise each day.

I've been a devout follower of #plankADay since we wrote about it. And then I started running. As I started running, I started looking more closely at my Twitter friends who were runners. What were they doing for training? Enter Bauman. In my tweets to him about #plankADay, he told me about #marathonaweek. The goal here is not to run 26.2 miles in a day (so not ready for that ... yet). But instead, it's to rack up miles during the week that total 26.2 miles. For example, you could run 3 miles one day, 6, the next, etc. until it all adds up to 26.2.

The reason I started doing #marathonaweek was because now that I've run a 5K, I'd like to aim for a 10K next. And to do that, I've got to start racking up the miles. I figured this would be a fun way to do it. Plus, when you have all of the Twitterverse cheering you on, how can you not succeed?

Do you participate in any online groups or challenges, or follow any Twitter tags for encouragement? E-mail me or use our submit form at right to let me know!

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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