Let the marathon training begin! Yesterday was officially day 1 of my 18 week marathon training plan.
We will see how this works :). In the past I have done variations of Hal Higdon and Hansons training programs. I have also written my own based off of the idea of 1 tempo day, 1 speed day, 1 long run, 1 rest day, and the other 3 easy runs per week. All of my plans have been very flexible. If I didn’t feel like doing speed on a day I would just switch it.
This training cycle I am following a plan from the book Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas. I am doing the 18 week 55-70 miles per week schedule. I am going to tweak it a little though so that my highest weeks are in the low 60’s not 70.
As much as I can I am going to try to stick with what it says on the schedule. I do have a camp coming up that my husband and I are counselors at in IL and another family camp in WI in August that we are going to. I am SUPER excited about both of these weeks, but they are going to be busy! Those weeks I might need to do some schedule changes, especially with the travel, but that is how life is.
I went back and forth on trying this plan. I wanted to try something scheduled and new, but my last training cycle went so good and led to an 11 minute marathon PR.
I am going to give it a try though and see how it goes.
Right off I noticed a few things different from anything I have done.
1. They incorporate short speed (100’s)
2. They have a longer run (like 11 miles) during the week, but also a shorter run (like 4 or 5 miles). In the past I pretty much do 7 or 8 miles as much easy runs. I think it will be good for me to add some longer days, but then also some short days.
So day 1 on the schedule was 9 miles with 4 miles @ half marathon pace. Way to start off with a bang!
2.5 mile warm up 7:42 pace, 4 miles @ half marathon (although this is faster than my half marathon) (6:43, 6:46, 6:35, 6:49), then 2.5 cool down 8:04.
11 miles at what they call medium pace. 11 @ 8:08 pace. My legs were tired and I was done by the end. I am not used to running that distance during the week and it was after a harder day.
The rest of the week looks like this:
Wed- 5 miles recovery
Thurs- 9 miles fairly easy pace
Fri- 5 recovery miles
Sat- 15 mile long run
I am taking my training week by week. Looking at the schedule too far ahead can seem overwhelming! I am just going to give it a try and see how my body responds. If it is too much I will just go back to my old training schedule that I used last year :).
My husband did a crazy hard run today as part of his training….2, 470 ft elevation gain over 12.5 miles!!!!!
This is what that looks like:
What is your goal fall race? Are you following a plan?
How is your training going?