I realized something last night during my swim… the Cleveland Marathon (which I’m running with/for Operation Jack) is about 18 weeks away! HOLY SMOKES! That means it’s time to start training for realz. I followed Hal Higdon’s 18-week training plan for the Boulder Backroads Marathon I did last year and loved it… that is… until my knee blew up b/c I think I over worked it. This time around though, I decided to modify his workout plan by:
- Only running 3 or 4 days a week – 1 long run, 1 or 2 normal runs, and 1 light track workout
- Swimming 2 times a week – Tuesdays will be distance days, Thursdays will be speedier swims
This way, I *hopefully* won’t experience horrific knee problems again and I can work towards my goal of swimming for an hour straight.
I’m apprehensive about this marathon, to be honest. I’m still worried my knee problem is going to flare up. But I’m going to stay positive, stretch a ton, and take serious care of that IT band.
I like having goals and plans to follow, they keep me motivated. Bring on the training!