Marathon Training has arrived again! AR and I are running our third marathon in Chicago on October 12, 2014. As usual, I am excited and concerned. We all know my real motivation to do this is the extra food I'll consume over the next four months. Just kidding.
|Honey Stinger products become a food group for me.|
The only concern is that it only reaches one 20 mile run and one 18 mile run. AR and I felt like we needed something more.
For the Atlanta Marathon, AR and I modified the plan to give us two 20 mile runs, which I think is important. We've also learned to add an addition 1-2 "flex" weeks in case disaster strikes (like the time I got diagnosed with pneumonia a month out...). This seemed to work much better.
This time, we are using Higdon's Intermediate 1 plan. This plan has running five days a week, with one day of cross training and one day of rest. The mileages gets up to 44 miles/week, which is a slight jump for us. We plan to build in one flex week, which we will use up within the first 12 training weeks.
|WEEK||MON||TUE||WED||THU||FRI||SAT||SUN||# of Miles|
|1||Cross||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||5 m pace||8||24|
|2||Cross||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||5 m run||9||25|
|3||Cross||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||5 m pace||6||22|
|4||Cross||3 m run||6 m run||3 m run||Rest||6 m pace||11||29|
|5||Cross||3 m run||6 m run||3 m run||Rest||6 m run||12||30|
|6||Cross||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||6 m pace||9||27|
|7||Cross||4 m run||7 m run||4 m run||Rest||7 m pace||14||36|
|8||Cross||4 m run||7 m run||4 m run||Rest||7 m run||15||37|
|9||Cross||4 m run||5 m run||4 m run||Rest||Rest||Half Marathon||26|
|10||Cross||4 m run||8 m run||4 m run||Rest||8 m pace||17||41|
|11||Cross||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||Rest||8 m run||18||44|
|12||Cross||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||Rest||8 m pace||13||36|
|13||Cross||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||Rest||5 m pace||20||43|
|14||Cross||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||Rest||8 m run||12||35|
|15||Cross||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||Rest||5 m pace||20||43|
|16||Cross||5 m run||6 m run||5 m run||Rest||4 m pace||12||32|
|17||Cross||4 m run||5 m run||4 m run||Rest||3 m run||8||24|
|18||Cross||3 m run||4 m run||Rest||Rest||2 m run||Marathon||35|
Notice those double weekend runs? Yeah, that is a little daunting, but I think it will make us stronger. I like doing a pace on Saturday because it will take some of the pressure off Sunday. I am hoping that I can focus on the distance on Sunday and not become obsessed with the pace of those runs, especially because we will be training in July/August/September.
We start our training on June 2, which is two weeks away. We are focusing on maintaining our base mileage right now and adjusting to the heat and humidity. I really can't say I am looking forward to all these runs in the ATL weather. I really hope that training in the hills, heat, and humidity of Atlanta will help us run stronger in flat, cool Chicago.
|This is how I feel the whole time I train.|
I've been doing lots of hill workouts the last few months and running the majority of my runs outside, which is a start. I feel like I am getting better with the weather, but I still plan on starting my long runs by 7am to avoid most of the sun.
Chicago Marathon, HERE I COME!!