Whoa ya’ll! It’s here. I have made out my training plan for the next couple months and I’m ready to get to it. Beginning in June, I will be posting my training recaps weekly, mainly because it helps keep me accountable. Also, I love seeing how others train so maybe someone will enjoy seeing these updates every week.
Not only am I running the Chicago Marathon in early October, but I am also running the NYC Marathon about one month later. I won’t be sharing my race goal for Chicago just yet and know that it could change over the coming weeks, but right now it’s big and scary!
I love a good challenge and this year will definitely be just that. Since NYC is about one month after Chicago, my plan is to essentially just repeat the taper process again, focus on staying healthy and get plenty of rest.
Pre Training Preparation
After all the races in January and February, I set a goal to get strong and build a solid base of miles. I got healthy, got new shoes and now have a relationship with a great chiropractor.
I ran the Knoxville Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and have been pleasantly surprised with how everything has gone. I’ve built a solid base of miles and continue to see results from adding more strength training.
The Training Plan
Per usual I have combined a couple Hal Higdon plans. I’ve found that they work for me and that I can adapt them to suit my needs based on his recommendations.
I will be running 5 days a week, have one rest day and am using the other day as a stretching session (yoga) or a cross training day (hiking/bike) depending on where it falls in the cycle. As the mileage increases things get shifted around a bit though.
I will be playing close attention to the balance of strength training and harder workouts (speed work, hills, etc) as the mileage builds.
- Longer session (15-30min) = probably with weights on challenging days (speed work/hills) so my easy days stay easy.
- Mini session (10-15min) = at least once a week to include body weight training like yoga or the usual suspects like glute bridges, clamshells, lunges, bird dogs, curtsy lunges, supermans and plank variations. I also like these quick workouts too!
50 Mile Week(s) & 20 Milers
One of my goals for this year is to have a 50 mile week; well this training plan has more than one and a lot that hover close. I have never ran more than about 37 miles in a week so I’m excited and completely terrified. There are also three 20 milers in this plan…whoa! I know the miles will make me better so that’s the most exciting part!
Races Between Now & Then
I love using races as training runs. Even though I plan to race a couple of these, I may decide to just use them as training runs or run them at my long run pace with a push for the last 5k if I feel like I need the rest.
- Vancouver USA Half Marathon – race
- San Francisco Half Marathon – training run
- Revel Big Cottonwood – race
All The Hills & Speed Work
Even though Chicago is a pancake flat course I will be running hills in preparation for San Fran and Revel. The Revel BC course is a serious downhill, so I will be running a lot of “reverse” hill repeats to focus on the downhill. This should help my quads and core make the trip. All those hills will just make me that much faster on the flat or at least that’s the hope 😉
I’m embracing all forms of speed work for the first time in a long time too. There is a nice mix of tempo, intervals, fartlek and pace runs sprinkled into my plan. It’s very exciting, but incredibly terrifying!
How do you prepare for a challenging time goal?
What have you learned since your last training session?