Now that it’s October the fact that I’m running a MARATHON in 3 months has become more real to me. I keep picturing myself running the full and I start getting emotional. I’ve been reading a lot of first time marathon recaps and I LOVE it!!! I know I should focus on running the Women’s Half Marathon and Las Vegas Half first but my main focus is the marathon. I’m ready to run a half marathon….not completly ready to run a full. I started my training plan for the full marathon VERY early because I knew I was having health issues and I knew there would be days that I wouldn’t be able to run. Now that I’m starting to feel better I’m letting myself get more and more excited about it.
I started looking at my marathon plan more closely and realized that I’m ahead of the plan.
This is the plan I’m following….
Beginners’ Marathon Training Schedule
|1||Rest||3 mi||CT||3 mi||Rest||4 mi||3 mi EZ|
|2||Rest||3 miles||Rest||3 mi||CT or Rest||5 mi||3 mi EZ|
|3||Rest||3 mi||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||6 mi||3 mi EZ|
|4||Rest||3 mi||Rest||4 mi||CT or Rest||4 mi||3 mi EZ|
|5||Rest||4 mi||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||6 mi||3 mi EZ|
|6||Rest||4 mil||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||8 mi||3 mi EZ|
|7||Rest||4 mi||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||10 mi||3 mi EZ|
|8||Rest||4 mi||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||8 mi||3 mi EZ|
|9||Rest||4 mi||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||12 mi||Rest|
|10||4 mi EZ||4 mi||Rest||4 mi||CT or Rest||10 mi||3 mi EZ|
|11||Rest||4 mi||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||14 mi||3 mi EZ|
|12||Rest||5 mi||CT||5 mi||CT or Rest||10 mi||3 mi EZ|
|13||Rest||4 mi||CT||5 mi||CT or Rest||16 mi||3 mi EZ|
|14||Rest||4 mi||CT||5 mi||CT or Rest||12 mi||3 mi EZ|
|15||Rest||4 mi||CT||5 mi||CT or Rest||18 mi||Rest|
|16||3 mi EZ||5 mi||Rest||6 mi||CT or Rest||12 mi||3 mi EZ|
|17||Rest||4 mi||CT||6 mi||CT or Rest||20 mi||3 mi EZ|
|18||Rest||4 mi||CT||4 mi||CT or Rest||12 mi||3 mi EZ|
|19||Rest||3 mi||20 minutes||3 mi||CT or Rest||8 mi||3 mi EZ|
|20||Rest||2 mi||20 minutes||Rest Day||20 minutes||Race Day!||Rest Day!|
We try to keep our rest days on Mondays and Fridays. On Sundays I usually don’t run an easy run but we do something else. But I’ve been sticking for the most part to my weekly short runs and my Saturday long runs. I feel pretty good where I’m at now.
I should be on the 11th week based on how I’ve been following it. I changed it a couple of times for my Disneyland half but for the most part have stuck to it. Since I’m “ahead” of the plan last weekend I only ran 10 miles and this Saturday I plan on running 12. If I want to follow the plan exactly the last 10 weeks then I should be starting the 11th week the first weekend of November….Women’s Half Marathon weekend. So not sure if I’m making the right choice but I’m going to hold back a couple more weeks before I add more miles to my long runs. I don’t even think you can be ahead of a marathon plan..seems you can never be too ready but I also don’t want to finish my plan a month ahead of time and then run short distances. Also, by then I should be done with my weekly treatments and should be A LOT better.
This whole marathon thing is very new to me. I know what works for me when it comes to training for a half, what to eat before, during and after but for 26.2 miles….have no clue. I’ve been reading a lot to try different things and see what works for me. I’m so excited, nervous, scared for January 16, 2012 but when I cross the finish line I know I’m going to feel awesome. Not worried about time at all, I just want to know that I gave it my all. Running a marathon has been a goal of mine for almost 3 years and I’m ready to accomplish that goal…
Question: Have you run a marathon? Have any tips or advice for me?