Ok, so I started this blog and then I hit that, “now what do I do or write about?” moment. There is more planning to this blogging that I thought! Trust me, I’m enjoying it 🙂 Since I have only trained for half marathons I wasn’t sure where to begin for marathon training plans. So one night at work I went to google and searched for images for marathon training plans in hopes of coming across some, well, images of training plans. I came across this plan http://www.dailygarnish.com/2010/06/marine-corps-marathon-training-plan.html from Emily at the Daily Garnish! Enter, my addiction to blog world. She was truly an inspiration to my blogging journey! I began reading her blog in October of 2011 and I haven’t stopped. In fact, it was only the beginning. I have found some very inspiring and motivational running blogs. So if you need some motivation check out my blogroll and visit their blogs!
Sorry, got a little sidetracked there. Anyhow, after doing some research, I have finally put together my own training plan based on two different novice plans I found. Here is my nonofficial 2012 Grandma’s Marathon Training Plan!
|2012 Marathon Training|
|Week 1||rest||2 easy||2 easy||3 easy||3 easy||3 easy||rest/cross||13 miles|
|Week 2||4 easy||rest/cross||2 easy||3 easy||3 easy||3 easy||rest/cross||15 miles|
|Week 3||5 easy||rest/cross||4 easy||4 easy||4 easy||rest/cross||10 miles||27 miles|
|Week 4||3 easy||rest/cross||4 easy||5 easy||4 easy||rest/cross||12 miles||28 miles|
|Week 5||3 easy||rest/cross||3 easy||5 easy||3 easy||rest/cross||14 miles||28 miles|
|Week 6||5 easy||rest/cross||3 hills||4 easy||4 tempo||rest/cross||10 miles||26 miles|
|Week 7||3 easy||rest/cross||3 hills||6 easy||4 tempo||rest/cross||16 miles||32 miles|
|Week 8||3 easy||rest/cross||5 hills||4 easy||6 tempo||rest/cross||18 miles||36 miles|
|Week 9||3 easy||rest/cross||5 hills||7 easy||5 tempo||rest/cross||20 miles||40 miles|
|Week 10||3 easy||rest/cross||5 hills||8 easy||3 tempo||rest/cross||13 miles/
|Week 11||3 easy||rest/cross||7 speed||4 easy||7 tempo||rest/cross||16 miles||37 miles|
|Week 12||5 easy||rest/cross||7 speed||4 easy||7 tempo||rest/cross||18 miles||41 miles|
|Week 13||5 easy||rest/cross||5 speed||3 easy||9 tempo||rest/cross||20 miles||42 miles|
|Week 14||5 easy||rest/cross||4 speed||7 easy||5 tempo||rest/cross||18 miles||39 miles|
|Week 15||4 easy||rest/cross||7 speed||7 easy||6 tempo||rest/cross||20 miles||44 miles|
|Week 16||4 easy||rest/cross||7 speed||3 easy||7 tempo||rest/cross||13 miles/
|Week 17||3 easy||rest/cross||5 easy||5 easy||5 tempo||rest/cross||10 miles||28 miles|
|Week 18||rest/ 5 easy||6 easy||rest/cross||5 easy||rest/cross||1-3 easy||day of race!||17-20 miles|
I say nonofficial because it will change. I’m a night shift nurse and my schedule changes. I work weekends and holidays, so a lot of my long runs will actually occur during the week, not on a Saturday. Also, the first plan I found had only easy and long runs. The second plan I found includes hills, med effort, and speed work. However, it also called for running 6 out of 7 days per week. That just isn’t going to work for me, or my legs.
A couple things that I do see could require some change. First, the first two weeks have much lower mileage than the other 16 weeks. Second, between weeks 2 and 3 there is a 12 mile increase in total miles. That is just too much of an increase, and I’m asking for injury if I don’t make an adjustment somewhere.
The second thing I am concerned about is the 20-miler barrier. I have done some research and am aware that running more than 2o miles on a training run could cause some physical problems. However, I’m not so sure on race day that I will be able to pass that 20 mile barrier, mentally. I’m very afraid I may get to mile 20 and have a meltdown because I won’t be mentally prepared to push through the last 6.2 miles.
Does anyone have any thoughts or input on whether to plan for a run longer than 20 miles?!!