Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Marathon Training Plan

Technically, Mike and I have started marathon training this week since we are 18 weeks away from our marathon!! 

Yay!!

So far away, yet really so not

However, since we are in the last week of triathlon training, real marathon training has been put on hold until next week.  Unfortunately that is the reason we are only doing one triathlon this year, don't worry we'll make up for that next year though!

When developing our marathon training plan we decided to use Hal Higdon's Marathon Novice 2 training plan as a guide.  Since we have some races during the summer and we prefer our long runs on Sundays, rather than Saturdays, some re-arranging took place.  Unlike with our triathlon training plan, I kept all of the distances the same because we have never trained for a marathon before.  If we feel like it wasn't enough or it was too much, we can play around with our plan next time!

Also, none of the workouts specify the type of workout (except for the days that are supposed to be run at race pace) but we will add some speed work and hill work to keep things fresh. 

I also added an extra optional day of cross training since we are used to that with our triathlon training.  I truly believe that swimming and biking has helped us keep injuries at bay and gives us a way to work other muscles.  Additionally, since next year is going to be triathlon-heavy we don't want to lose our swimming and biking fitness over the summer/fall. 

Are you curious about what we will be up to the next four months?  You will probably have to click on the photos to see them better. 

June


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September


So there you have it!  That's the plan, it will of course be modified a little bit here and there as needed.  Luckily for me I don't work in June and August (although I do have to work a few days in August to make up for our trip to Chicago) so I will at least be able to relax.  Hopefully Mike can relax a little bit too!

Anyone else starting marathon training soon?  If so, what marathon are you training for?

18 comments:

  1. Wow, you are so smart to get your plan down on paper. I love that you and Mike are doing this together:) So nice to have a partner in crime:)

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  2. I just got done with my new triathlon schedule and now I need to do a marathon one. This will help (I like the not specific days)! I love Hal Hidgon he's fantastic. i'm tired just thinking about doing another schedule. ONE MORE WEEK until your triathlon AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! :)

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  3. WOO HOO!!! I'm officially starting 6/17 - but right now I'm focusing on healing my foot and building my base. I'd recommend adding in an extra 20 miler. I do love Hal, but I thought having 2 20 milers in my pocket of training helped. At the best part is that you have SUMMER to focus on training!

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  4. I start marathon training September 30 officially... however, I'm doing a Ragnar Relay and at least one other half before then, so I'm trying to build up to that!

    Can't wait to follow your training!

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  5. That looks like a great plan and even though I've never run a full so my advice pretty much counts for nothing, I think I agree with Jen about having a second 20 miler in there. You guys are in such great shape though I feel like you could probably crank out some impressive marathon times right now!

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  6. Hal's plan just got me a 15 min PR! Using another one of his plans for my next marathon, (Maine Marathon) which also happens to be on September 30th! I made some slight modifications to it though. Just make sure to do the slow runs slow and get in plenty of downhill running to get your Quads ready for the downhills of Wineglass!

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  7. I will be looking for you at Keuka Sunday! Good luck! I am a month away from Finger Lakes Fifties then it's into Wineglass training again. I tend to have 2 or 3 plans that I work from because one plan does not necessarily fit into my life with work and kids. I try to be flexible. I Also think you should add a second 20.

    And Isaac, I've run wineglass and you really don't notice the downhill. It mostly feels flat, except for that long slow up hill around mile 14 as I recall ;). Your quads are safe ;)

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  8. Your plan looks great. How did you make the calendar? Did you use excel?

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  9. So, so cool!!!!! you will enjoy the process and the event so much :)

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  10. HOw exciting! All the best with your training. I fire up training for MCM at the end of June.

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  11. Awesome, thats so exciting :) Glad you two are doing this together as a team! I also didnt realize you were doing a marathon so close to the relay.. you guys are awesome!

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  12. I ran the Wineglass Marathon 2 years ago. You will love it! Swag is pretty good, too :)

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  13. Very exciting!!! I was going to run the Half at Wineglass, but then signed up for my own first Full marathon (the Columbus one) and it didn't fit into my schedule. We'll be training for our first fulls together though!

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  14. You've got a great plan-- I'm glad you're keeping a bit of cross training in, too. 18 weeks- that's gonna be here before we know it! :)

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  15. Very awesome! The next few months are going to fly by and its going to be so much fun! Enjoy it!

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  16. Great plan!!

    Now, I know that Megan already nominated you but i had to show you some love, too! I'm so glad I found your blog & that you are organizing the RTB relay! I can't wait to run it with you!! Should be a good time :) on that note, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Pink Tree award because you are awesome! I doubt you need details but if you do they are on my page http://www.healthylifehappywife.com !

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  17. By the way - I nominated you A Lovely Blog Award. See my post!

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  18. You are soooo hardcore Jamie! Seriously I feel like it's one HUGE accomplishment after another :) you and Mike are an unstoppable pair! I love it.

    I will be thinking about you guys alllllllllllllllll weekend and I wish you nothing but the best.

    I will most likely try to tackle my first half this year but save the marathon for next year ;)

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