Friday, April 6, 2012

A Training Plan...

If I had known my sister was on top of this training plan thing, I wouldn't have worried nearly so much about it.  She ran her last marathon in 2001 (I think she said the Marine Corps Marathon) and worked with a trainer and saved all the training info she got from that experience.  She thinks we are about in the same place since I've never ran a marathon and it's been 11 years since she has.  Probably true.  I should probably start with the basics!

Date (long run) Sun      Mon    Tues    Wed    Thurs    Fri    Sat

5-May              Rest      X         3          X         3        X   4 mi
12-May            Rest      X         3          X         3        X   4 mi
19-May            Rest      X         3          X         3        X   6 mi
26-May            Rest      X         3          X         3        X   6 mi
2-Jun                Rest      X         3          X         3        X   6 mi
9-Jun                Rest      X         3          X         3        X   8 mi
16-Jun              Rest      X         3          X         3        X   6 mi
23-Jun              Rest      X         4          X         4        X   10 mi
30-Jun              Rest      X         4          X         4        X   6 mi
7-Jul                 Rest      X         4          X         4        X   10 mi
14-Jul               Rest      X         4          X         4        X   12 mi
21-Jul               Rest      X         4          X         4        X   8 mi
28-Jul               Rest      X         4          X         4        X   14 mi
4-Aug               Rest      X         4          X         4        X   14 mi
11-Aug             Rest      X         4          X         4        X   Half Marathon
18-Aug             Rest      X         5          X         5        X   16 mi
25-Aug             Rest      X         5          X         5        X   18 mi
1-Sep               Rest      X         5          X         5        X   12 mi
8-Sep               Rest      X         5          X         5        X   20 mi
15-Sep             Rest      X         5          X         5        X   12 mi
22-Sep             Rest      X         5          X         5        X   22 mi
29-Sep             Rest      X         5          X         5        X   12 mi
6-Oct               Rest      X         5          X         5        X   3 mi
October 7th MARATHON!!!

X = CrossTrain: Swimming, bicycling, yoga/pilates/weights
 
The only thing I am changing is that it starts out running 3 miles during the week at the beginning.  I run four miles on a regular basis and see no reason to quit... it would be like going backwards... right?

My most favorite thing about this training plan is that is starts with a rest day.  How lucky am I? 
 
My sister also threw in this whole thing about nutrition... which most of it I'm doing already... (yay)... except for the one sweet a week.  I have a horrible sweet tooth.  Horrible.  This will be good for me.  I need some sort of motivation!  But it is also good that it starts after Easter and my birthday!  And also too bad for me that I bought a countertop ice cream maker last summer.  Again, probably really for the best for me.
 
Thoughts?  Opinions?  How does this compare to any marathon training plans that you have ever done? 
 
If you're here from Fitness Friday... welcome! 

7 comments:

  1. SO nice that your sister had a great plan all ready for you! Only one sweet a week? Yikes:)

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  2. You are doing great with 1 sweet a week, I too have a terrible sweet tooth it is so tough!

    The plan looks good but any speedwork or hill workouts during the week? That would be my addition and very helpful for the race.

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  3. That plan sounds good, but I agree with Marathon Mom. Speed and Hill workouts have really improved my pace time and my overall strength. If you could alternate, and do one each week, I think it would be helpful.

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  4. Me too. The first thing I thought was whether or not any of the runs include speedwork. That's probably because I recently spent hours researching for my 18- week plan.

    I'd love to know more about your SIL nutrition :)

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  5. good luck with your training!

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  6. It looks like an awesome plan to me! I've never ran a marathon (my first 1/2 is in April) but it looks like you are in good hands!! Good luck with your training :)

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  7. That looks like a great plan to me! Good luck!

    I do one day a week where I'm allowed sweets. This works pretty well for me, though I always have a "hangover" the day after. :^)

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