After registering, I looked at my calendar and counted how many weeks out it is. This week is 24 weeks until the marathon. This works out perfectly for 8 weeks of getting stronger and than a 16 week marathon specific training program.
For my first marathon, I followed Cool Running's marathon training program. I something of a hybrid between the beginner and intermediate training plans. I also seriously neglected the speed workouts, because, well, they really are my favorite thing ever. I think I was born with a very small supply of fast twitch muscles. Even in swimming, I wasn't allowed anywhere near a sprint race. But, alas, speed work makes you faster and I want faster, so I suppose I need to accept speed work.
Speedwork was (painfully) the most important thing I was looking for in training plan. I searched through many different possibilities, Runners World, Hal Higdon, Jeff Galloway, and even weighing the idea of getting a personal coach. I finally stumbled upon the Boston Athletic Associations marathon training plan. Its meant for "the newer marathoner who is seeking a more competitive performance" (that's me!!) gearing up for the Boston Marathon (that's not me), but since I am trying to qualify for boston 2015, why not use the plan meant for training for the race I want to qualify for to train for the race in which I want to qualify? Did you follow that logic...I swear it makes sense in my head ;).
I chose this plan for a few reasons:
- The range for daily miles makes it easy to adjust based on how you're feeling that day, instead of being locked in to a certain distance, regardless of weather, life and body conditions.
- It includes speed work geared towards marathon racing - intervals and tempos.
- The long runs include portions of "at marathon pace." This is really important to me because I have yet to wrap my head around the logic of running long runs 60-90 sec slower than race pace then expecting your body to do the same thing, but faster on race day.
- Rest days actually allow you to run a couple of easy easy miles if you want. This is SO important to me because running is key to maintaining some sort of mental sanity. I get so antsy on rest days, so having an option to do something a little active is such a relief!
I found this adorable journal at Target yesterday and decide to get it for planning and tracking my workouts, meal plans and blog posts (considering this last one is sort of a little dependent on the first two, might as well saves some trees and organize it all together?). Once I get around to planning the rest of my additional life, I will share. Sharing is caring :)
Do you have any favorite workouts or training plans (running or not)?
Are you a digital note taker or old school pen and paper?