Marathon Training: Week 1

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Marathon Training has begun. I’ll be singing as loud as can be come May 2015.

There are twenty-one weeks until the Eugene Marathon. This week marked the first week of Marathon Training for me. I’ve decided that I’m going to have a mantra during my training: Stick to the Plan

The truth of the matter is, I’m notorious for skipping, altering, or winging runs. This was especially true when I was working full-time and or single-parenting during my past three marathon trainings (my husband was deployed during my first marathon). This time around, I have the privilege of staying home with my two-year-old daughter while marathon training, so I don’t have to deal with the stressors of having to make it to work in the mornings at a specified time. Mind you, mornings are still chaotic in our household due to a ten-year-old who has no concept of time and in need of constant reminders from yours truly to “move faster.” I’m digressing though. “Sticking to the plan” is of utmost importance if I want to arrive at the finish line feeling prepared. In all of my previous three marathons, I’ve arrived feeling like I had mediocre training, and it is not a feeling I want to have this time around. Thus, every time I want to “skip” a run due to the weather (winter training is tough) “alter” a run due to my moods (sometimes I’m in a funk) or make-up my own run (because I skipped a run due to the weather or from being in a funk), I will tell myself, “Stick to the plan.”

The Plan

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This is a really good read. It’s easy to follow, and best of all, it has various training plans ranging from novice to advanced for 5k to marathon distances.

Run Faster was a book I ordered this past Summer, and it includes various marathon training plans. I’m going with the beginners marathon plan, mostly because I’ve not logged enough miles to begin at the other two levels. Levels Two and Three’s training plans start with a twelve-mile long run, which would have worked for me had it not been for plantar fasciitis. The Level One training plan is 20 weeks long and it includes both a 22 and 23 mile long run (gulp). The first five weeks of the training plan consist of running four days out of the week, cross-training two days (I’m doing Crossfit), and resting one day of the week. The remaining weeks are five running days with two cross-training days. Some of the runs look intimidating, but then again, 26.2 miles are not supposed to be a walk in the park.

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Wall handstand after my five-mile run. It feels so good to be able to this when I was even capable just six months ago.

First Long Run

Twenty one more weeks to go, and my first run is in the history books. Miles 1 and 2 were under 10 minute miles, miles 3 and 4 were sub-9, and the last mile was in the very low 8’s. It was definitely a strong run, and this first week rekindled my love for running once again. Let’s see how feel ten weeks from now though? For now, I am celebrating my first successful long run, recognizing there will be some tough days ahead, and embracing the highs and lows that come with marathon training. Here’s to “Sticking to the Plan.”

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My Saturday long run called for five miles with a moderate pace the last ten minutes. I definitely finished strong.

Do you follow your training plans to a T, or are you “flexible” when it comes to your training schedule? What training plan do you use?

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2 thoughts on “Marathon Training: Week 1

  1. So excited for you, girl! I love that feeling of having new goals and a schedule all prepared to get you to where you want to be. Great mantra – stick to the plan! I try to follow my plan as closely as possible, but do understand that things happen and if one or two workouts don’t get done, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. When it comes to those “key” workouts or “longer” workouts, I do everything in my power to get them done. The little recovery/base workouts are a little more flexible. My coach lays out all of my workouts in training peaks, so he can see everything I complete (and don’t complete). It definitely holds me accountable. 🙂

    Cheering you on as your train for the Eugene Marathon!!

    • That is absolutely great advice about key workouts and longer workouts. I’d like to get to the finish line strong, but I don’t want to be completely miserable while on route should I happen skip a few workouts due to circumstances out of my control (which will happen I know). Thank you so much for your enthusiasm. Witnessing all of your training and how you crush your goals is a great source of motivation for me.

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