Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was great! The weather was absolutely beautiful so we took full advantage of it by being outside as much as possible.
With every run, I’m beginning to feel better. My allergies are still hanging around but my cold seems to be fading. I’m itching to get started on my Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon training!
I decided to go with Runner’s World Smartcoach again. I’ve had 2 winning training plans with them so why change? I did do a few modifications to make it tailored more to my schedule. Smartcoach took my current half marathon time of 1:50 and projected I’d finish a full in 3:37. I’d be truly amazed if I do finish at that time! My goal is to finish first of all. If that works out for me than I’d like to shoot for under 4:00. Since this is my first, is it foolish to have a set time?
Without further ado, here’s the plan:
Obviously the whole time management thing is going really well since I spent WAY too much time making this look pretty. What can I say, I like pretty things and the color purple! Maybe I should laminate it, too?
So what does that all mean?
- XT = Cross Training – It could be walking, yoga, swimming, Barre, elliptical, bike, anything but running!
- ER = Easy Run
- SW = Speed Work
- TR = Tempo Run
- LR = Long Run
What are my other goals?
- Strength training is going to become more of a priority. I need my core and legs to be as strong as possible. Not to mention I want my legs to have some power in case the headwinds are strong at Hampton Beach on race day. I’m planning on at least 2x/week on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
- Get comfortable with carrying a handheld water bottle or hydration belt during training runs. It’s always my downfall in races trying to drink from cups. Any recommendations?
- Yoga at least 2x/week. In addition, trying to get in 5 minutes of sun salutations first thing in the morning to loosen up the body.
- Foam Roller after every run. That is if I can wrestle it away from someone.
I may flip flop some weeks to adjust to what is going on with day to day life. I’ll be training throughout the summer so there will be vacations and holidays. I also have a few races of varying distances throughout the summer that I’m going to sneak in.
Phew! I’ve got a marathon plan! This is happening. D’oh! Here we go…
Questions of the Day
Do you make training plans for every race you do?
What’s your preferred hydration method? Handheld, belt, or Camelback?
What’s one thing you have learned from running a race of any distance?