Happy Friday ya’ll! I’m starting my training plan for the Edinburgh Marathon. I will be sharing my training every week because it helps keep me accountable and I like having a record for future us. I can’t believe I’m preparing for marathon #7! Whoa!
Each training cycle I like to look back and evaluate what worked and then go from there. This is what I want to focus on for this cycle.
I’ve found that I feel the most confident and the strongest when I’m running higher mileage. For me that sweet spot is about 40-50 miles a week during the peak weeks. I really want to focus on adding in miles where I can by building from running 5 days a week to 6 days a week and some two a day workouts.
Active Recovery/Cut Back Weeks
My body responds very well to active recovery days and yoga so I plan to implement them wherever I can. I also really like cut back weeks because my body needs the rest before building. I’ve really been enjoying the 30 days of yoga that I did for this month so I want to consistently practice yoga.
Strength Training + Weight Lifting
Like most people I really notice a difference in my body when I strength train and weight lift regularly. Strength training isn’t as hard for me to incorporate into my training as weight training so that will be a matter of balance. I love how my body feels after weighted squats so I just need to remember how that will make me stronger.
Rest Days + Recovery
I’ve decided to move one of my rest days to the middle of the week and use Sunday as an active recovery day. I like having a leisurely day on the weekend so I think that will be good for my mental health too. I also work really well when I take Sunday as a self care day when tends to help me recover.
What is there really to say about this? Eating to fuel your body is so important and that’s the only way I will be able to train and recover how I want.
I’m really excited about this marathon training cycle. I haven’t trained for a spring marathon since my first marathon back in 2015. I can’t believe in a months I will be running in Scotland!! Whee! 🙂
How do you prepare for a goal race?
What do you think about when making a training plan?