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.
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?