Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Marathon State of Mind

I'm in a marathon state of mind, which also means I'm in a New York State of mind because I'm running the NYC marathon and Billy Joel is now stuck in my head which I suppose is better than Soft Kitty. I'm a complicated person.

Last night I did 4 miles, which I will admit was actually a walk, not a run. But miles are miles and I wasn't guzzling wine on my ass watching TV, so I will count that as training.

When I trained for the NYCM in 2012 (which as most of you know, was cancelled), I was part of a local team and therefore, had all of my planning done for me. I didn't have to think about when I should increase mileage or what I should do on what weeks. All I had to do was show up and run. And most of the time, I showed up. At least for the long runs. I did the weekday runs on my own. Mostly. Okay, about half of the time.

I decided on a 20 week plan rather than the usual 16 week plan because I wanted a little more cushion and I have 7 months to train. So that leaves me with about 11 weeks until marathon training starts to work on my base and losing a little bit of poundage. I'm not 100% sold on this particular program because I have plenty of time to make my plan final, but I like it. I like that some weeks have a shorter long run before adding to your mileage the next week.

Currently, I'm still in the making-charts-and-downloading-pictures-and-envisioning-my-medal-rather-than-training phase of marathon training. Plus, the weather is gorgeous here in Phoenix so it's easier to be gung ho. Let's see how I feel when marathon training actually starts on June 15th.

 

6 comments:

  1. The only thing that is scary about that plan is that it goes from 18 miles to 20 the next week if I'm reading it correctly. I'd throw a recovery week in between and cut it down to ten or twelve miles. A longer schedule seems preferable, just because life happens. If you have something unexpected that throws off a run or two, having extra time makes it feel less problematic. You're making me want to look for a full to do!

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    1. I thought the same thing when I read that plan, too. Seemed like A LOT for the very end of training. Wanna do NYCM? You can hang out with us. ;)

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  2. I will either be at mile 16 again this year handing out water or *fingerscrossed* handing out medals :)

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    1. Cool! I will have to look for you!

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  3. My favorite part of any training plan is the making of charts and calendars!! Yay!! So excited for you.

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    1. The planning is definitely the best part. The running? Not so much. Lol

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Thanks for reading!