Normally, I’m a big planner when it comes to the activities in my life. Where I need to be and when I need to be there is carefully input into my Google calendar, along with any other important details for the event. However, as I’ve mentioned before, when it comes to a training plan for a big race, I don’t really follow one.
But, this coming April, I’m going to run my 2nd marathon ever. 26.2 miles is a long way to go on my two feet. In order to avoid injury and (hopefully) have a great race, I need to have a training plan that I take seriously.
So, after doing a bit of research, I mapped out the 16 weeks leading up to the marathon.
Even as I type this out, seeing the numbers on the paper really does freak me out a little. I’m going to be logging how many miles in one week? I have to run how fast?
I’ve never made a training plan before, particularly not a marathon training plan, so I’m a little clueless as to whether or not this plan is any good. I’m also a little worried about my ability to follow the plan, becuase I’ve incorporated a lot of quality work (tempo runs and intervals). I’ve never really done any kind of track work, nor do I focus on my pace when I run. I just kind of go. I know it will be a challenge for me to get used to tracking my pace. Any suggestions on best ways to do this? (I usually just peek at my Nike Plus.)
So my blog reading friends, if you have any experience in this area, please let me know what you think of my plan. I’m both scared and excited to get started!
Questions of the day:
- To experienced runners: Does this look like a decent plan? Have I been too ambitious in incorporating quality runs?
- To my DC peeps: Who wants to run with me? 🙂