Marathon(s) Training Plan

October 30, 2015

Normally, I run one marathon a year. Marathons are tough and it takes me a few weeks to recover. I did not think I would run two marathons in one year.. let alone two marathons within 9 weeks of each other. I have 16 weeks before Austin and 25 weeks before Boston. My goal for the Austin Marathon is to have fun and enjoy a larger race (most of the ones I do are small). My goal for the Boston Marathon is to go after a PR which is below 3:29. I really want to get that 3:20 marathon. 

I won't be working with a coach this cycle due to strenuous school and working less. I will modify my training plan based on how much time I have to train that day and how I feel. Usually I try and do every single workout that is planned but I am not going to be that hard on myself this time. If I have two rest days in a row, so what?

  • Speed: The above training plan doesn't focus on speed as much as it does building endurance. I'll be running one speed workout a week and this is usually on Saturdays. 
  • Easy runs: taking the easy runs easy.
  • Sunday long runs: Sundays are long runs on the training plan but I will occasionally have to move it around as my schedule isn't always the same (I occasionally work 12 hour shifts on weekends). 
  • Cross training: Every Monday I’m going to do strength training. I also fit a shorter strength training workout in on Wednesdays or Thursdays. 
I am not even planning what I am going to do during those 9 weeks between marathons until I get there. I will also be updating the blog more since finally training again! I am thinking of starting weekly training posts back up to write everything I do during the week.

What would you like to see on the blog?
Weekly training posts- yay or nay?

Marathon training round 4... and 5

October 29, 2015

"The only thing you can control is whether or not you stop"

I submitted my application to the Boston Athletic Association 6 weeks ago. Without any word back (and seeing every runner post on Instagram their acceptance email), I gave up hope that I would be accepted. Even if you qualify for Boston, that doesn't guarantee you will be accepted/get in. 

I registered to run the Austin Marathon on February 14th, 2016. I have never run this race before and I figured if Boston said no I would need another 26.2 to keep my mind off of not being in Boston. For this training cycle, I found an 18 week training plan from Hal Higdon. I have never followed his training plans before but I like the schedule! There are more running days (5 out of 7 days running) while still having occasional cross training days. One thing I'm changing this cycle- more strength training! 

But then, Boston emailed and said they accepted my entry. After training and working hard to qualify for Boston for the past two years, it is so exciting to see that hard work pay off. From feeling the disappointment of being 90 seconds away from qualifying to now getting an email that I am accepted and will run the race in April ... the feeling is indescribable. I was literally shaking when I got the email! I AM GOING TO BOSTON!!

I am running a marathon on February 14th then another marathon on April 18th. Spring of 2016 can't come fast enough :)
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