In case you missed it…I announced I will be running the Edinburgh Marathon in May! I am so excited and ready to take on this course. If you’ve been following along for a while then you know what this race means to me and how important it is for me to run this race in Scotland.
Marathon training can be an overwhelming thing especially if you are where I am right now. I haven’t trained for a race in months and while this will be marathon #7 for me, the last marathon I ran was over a year ago. I ran the Dopey Challenge, but a lot has changed for me since then.
I haven’t been able to maintain a solid running base or fitness routine in months, but I’m not letting that worry me. I have plenty of time to get my base mileage up and run a strong marathon. Instead of overcomplicating my training outline, I’m going to focus on a couple solid principles that I know work for me.
I very much enjoy reading and seeing how others are training so I hope you enjoy this! Over the coming months I hope to share updates along with all the victories and challenges that marathon training brings.
I always run strongest when I am doing a variety of activities for the early months of a training cycle. My body gets stronger and it keeps me from being overwhelmed with building my weekly mileage right off the bat. I find it also prepares me for the tougher training segments that involve lots of hill work, speed work or longer efforts.
Here are some of the things I plan to incorporate:
- Weight Lifting
- Hiking/Trail Running
I know that looks like a lot, but it’s not like I will be doing everything every week. The only thing that I’ve never done before is kayak, but I’m hoping it will be a great workout that doesn’t involve my legs. I also love the water so I know that will be a big draw for me as well especially when Spring gets here.
Speed work makes the dream work! Am I right?! This training cycle I want to include more speed work and mix it up. I really enjoy the idea of sprinkling in HIIT, fartleks, intervals and others after my mileage base is where I want it. I am also lumping hill training into this category as well because they basically have the same effect on my body. They are work!
I fell in love with running on the trails and am so happy that I have found my way back there. Trails bring me such joy and do wonders for my training. The impact is less on my body than road running, but the hills and leg turnover are great tools. It’s a great way to recover after a really tough workout, but also a wonderful way to run hard and push yourself depending on the course. This will bring me sanity and be a safe way to increase weekly mileage and time spent on my feet.
Solid Half Marathon Build Up
I love using races as training runs. Here are some reasons why. I plan to pick up races along the way and give them a purpose. They will either be long runs or long speed workouts. Some I will choose for the challenge of the course and others might be for the location and cost. Stay tuned!
Welp! That’s my training plan in a nutshell.
I’m not an expert, this is just what works for me. Also, I don’t know that I have a time goal for this race yet. I think that will shape up after a couple months.
Right now I want to be fit, feel capable and be a strong athlete. The rest will work itself out!
How do you put together a training plan?
Do you use a specific method or just go with the flow?
Have you ever done training blocks similar to mine?