I can’t believe it’s already time to start marathon training. I was getting pretty antsy a few weeks ago, but somehow managed to forget until last weekend rolled around.
I had a pretty difficult time finding a plan for me. I wanted more weekly mileage than last year, but not too much weekly mileage. So I was pretty excited when I saw the following plan in Runner’s World.
The workouts and mileage seemed on target, so this is what I am going to try to stick with! Except this week…hah. I have a duathlon on Sunday so I am skipping the long run. It’s only week 1 and I am already skipping workouts.
I like the format of the plan and the idea that I can skip one of the low mileage runs in favor of cross-training. This will probably be very beneficial since I am planning on doing some cyclocross races this fall. Yes, I have no idea how I am going to manage to train for that and a marathon, but I figure I will take it week by week and see what happens (with running coming first of course). One weekend is already looking pretty daunting with a cx race and an 18 mile run. Gulp.
I’m no marathon training expert, but I did learn a few things last year that hopefully I will implement this year. The biggest one…RUN MORE.
Looking back, my weekly mileage last year was embarrassing. I hit all of my long runs, but it was the other runs I skipped that came back to bite my butt (and quads and feet). I was so worried about running on tired legs that I never did anything to tire my legs. So this time around I plan on running till my legs get tired. Then running more the next day. And just pushing through it.
Other random thought…this plan starts with 8 weeks of hills workouts, which then turn into speed workouts. I know all the benefits of doing hill workouts, but I am wondering if they will really be that beneficial for the Philadelphia Marathon, which is pretty flat, minus 2-3 hills that aren’t that big of a deal. Would it be better if I switched some of those hills workouts to speed workouts?