Runners can be kiiiiiind of crazy (in a good way). If you’re a runner, you know what I mean… you know, about goal-setting and game-planning and nutrition plans and running gear. We premeditate eeeeeverything. We like to have a plan. We like to detail (to the day) how far we should run, what pace we need to hit, weekly mileage, what we’re going to wear for a race, etc. I’d like to believe that I’m not that crazy about all the details, but I will admit that I appreciate a solid game plan. At the very least, I think it’s good to know how long the week’s long run should be.
For previous marathon training cycles, I roughly followed Hal Higdon‘s intermediate 1 plan. By that I mean, I did the recommended long run on the weekend but ran simple 6 “normal pace” miles everyday M-F, and maybe spiced up a few runs by hitting up the track.
This time around, I’m doing things differently. Primarily because 1. I don’t want to get injured again and 2. I’m taking a masters swim class this semester (so excited!) to cross train and prep for 2 triathlons in the summer :) So even though I plan on running a little less mileage, I’ll be working out 6 days a week.
When I was creating my plan, I decided to keep running mileage light by planning only 3-4 runs a week: 1 long, 1 tempo, 1-2 easy. Masters swim on M,W,F. Rest/easy run on Saturday.
I’m no personal trainer, nor do I have a ton of experience training for marathons (Boston will be #3), but I feel pretty good about this plan. I came up with it by blending Hal Higdon’s 18-week Novice Plan with a spicier Runner’s World 12-Week Plan.
I don’t take BQing lightly. Having qualified for Boston means a lot to me. I worked hard, ran a lot of miles, and pushed through an intense injury to have the opportunity to run among the world’s fastest on April 18th. I want to toe Boston’s starting line prepared, so I’m not going to go into this training sesh all willy nilly. I’m going to train like I mean it. Who knows if the BAA will drop their qualifying times for 2012, who knows if I’ll make it to their starting line again. I won’t be one of those runners who show up just to say they’re running it for the experience. I want to prove to myself that I deserve to be there.
If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that I’m going into this training sesh with heart.
I’m pumped, let’s do this!