How To Train For a Marathon | MISSBISH Michelle Carigma

Author: Udit
02.29 / MISSBISH Flex Zone

Completing a marathon is a bucket list moment. It's an achievement that proves dedication in mind, body and spirit. Michelle Carigma, aka @modernfit_, breaks it down for us and shows us how to approach marathon training from a realistic perspective. Get inspired. Lace up your trainers. Start running.

What drives you to sign up for a marathon? 
I strongly believe running should be with purpose. I set an intention to each race I run which makes it more meaningful. For every race I run, it means a different experience. It's exciting yet terrifying because running means pushing my boundaries again since I do mainly weight training.

How often and how intensely did you train leading up to the race?
I would train for about 12 weeks since I don't run on a regular basis. I run 5 days a week, 1-day weight training & 1-day rest. It can be so intense at times that I wouldn't follow that regime because I've had to listen to my body. It's okay to fall off some days, the most important thing is that you try.

How did it feel when you crossed the finish line?
There are so many emotions when I cross a finish line. I feel accomplished because I know I worked hard and long for this. No matter how many races you run, it always feels as rewarding as the very first time.

What advice do you have for first-time marathon runners?
Be prepared, physically, mentally and emotionally. Make sure you research everything about marathons, possible injuries and nutrition. Having that foundation of knowledge can help you during training. You have to acknowledge that this training will be an uphill battle, but when you cross the finish line, there is no better feeling.

How do you keep yourself motivated?
There are times when I hit a plateau and need some motivation to keep me going. I find myself more motivated once I change up my training routine and playlist. I also find myself reading blogs, articles and even watch TED Talks to keep me engaged and more focused on my goals.


"I strongly believe running should be with purpose. I set an intention to each race I run which makes it more meaningful. For every race, I run, it means a different experience."

What's on your playlist?
Beyoncé - Formation
Bas ft. J. Cole - Night Job
Rihanna - Work
Lil Wayne - My Homies Still
Zendaya - Something New
Drake - Back to Back
Bare & Muffler - Bloodsport
Kehlani - Did I

What is your go-to workout plan?
I like to switch up my routines, but this is the current one:
Monday: Legs
3 sets of 8-12 reps Kettlebell swings to goblet squats (increase weight within each set)
3 sets of 8-12 reps Lunge to squats (increase weight within each set)
3 sets of 8-12 reps Hip Bridges (increase weight within each set)
3 sets of 8-12 reps Cable kicks (increase weight within each set)

Tuesday: Back & Abs
3 supersets of 8-12 reps Wide lat pull downs & seated row (rest 30 seconds - 2 minutes)
12 reps Supermans
Dumbbell Rows

Ab Circuit (3 sets):
30-second Planks
12 reps  Russian twists with ab ball. Left to Right equals 1 rep
30 second Mountain climbers
12 reps of Leg raises

Wednesday: Shoulders & Biceps
Shoulder Circuit (3 sets 8-12 reps):
Shoulder Presses (increase weight within each set)
Upright row
Lateral Raise

Bicep Circuit (3 sets 8-12 reps):
Bicep Curls
Hammer Curls
Dumb Bell Hammer Curls

Thursday: Legs & Abs
3 sets of 10 Jump Squats (no weight)
3 sets of 8-12 reps Calf raises (increase weight within each set)
3 sets of 8-12 reps Side lunge (no weight)
3 sets of 8-12 reps of Stiff leg dead lifts (increase weight within each set)

Ab Circuit:
30 second Mountain climbers
8-12 reps Bicycle kicks
30 second (each leg) One legged plank
8-12 reps weighted sit ups (increase weight within each set)

Friday: Chest, Triceps & Abs
Chest Circuit 3 Sets (Increase weight within each set):
8-10 reps Dumbbell chest press
8-10 reps Barbell chest press
8-10 Push-ups

Tricep Circuit (Increase weight within each set):
8-10 reps weighted Skull Crushes
8-10 reps Close grip dumbbell press
8-10 reps Seated triceps press

Ab Circuit (3 sets):
30-second Planks
12 reps  Russian twists with ab ball. Left to Right equals 1 rep
30 second Mountain climbers
12 reps of Leg raises

Saturday: Hot Yoga

Sunday: Rest Day!

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