Training plan love
You all know I love a good training plan; I like being able to look at a calendar, see a workout and then cross it off. We'll be doing a lot of that this year since we will be following a training plan from January 14-October 20 (when we run the MDI marathon).
The three of us will be running MDI together
This "cycle" (is it really a cycle if it goes for 9 months??) is going to be a little bit different. From January until the middle of March we will be focusing on training for the Cleveland Marathon, the middle of March until May we are simultaneously training for the marathon and Musselman (70.3), May until July we are training for Musselman and then after Musselman we start training for my sub-2 half attempt and our second marathon of the year: MDI. Are you confused yet?
Last time, we did almost all of our training runs. We got rid of a few here and there, and cut some short, but for the most part we accomplished everything on our training plan.
Still, on the day of the race things did not go as planned. Mike DNF'd and the rest of my race from that point on was shot, more mentally than physically since I did finish the race.
If you asked me right now how I feel about how Wineglass went down and if I am over the fact that it did not go as planned, my answer would be yes and no. Will I ever be alright with the fact that I finished the race and Mike didn't, even though we trained for months together? No, probably not. Every part of me still wishes that I could have convinced him to join me when I saw him on the sidelines at 18.5 miles.
Close to where he decided to call it a day
On the other hand, I know that we are going to go into this training cycle smarter, faster, stronger and prepared for changes. I know that everything happens for a reason, and Mike DNF'ing allowed him to run Reach the Beach (whereas if he continued the marathon he may have injured himself) and has opened our eyes to potential problems during our training and racing this time around.
Next time I want to start and FINISH the race smiling
Last time, we didn't swim or bike the entire month before the marathon. Did this have an impact on race day? Maybe, maybe not. This time since we will be training for Musselman at the same time, we will be swimming and biking consistently right up to marathon day. (We will reduce the amount and distance two weeks before the marathon and then build up again).
I am excited for this training cycle, even though I know it will be difficult at times, and even more excited for the marathon. 2013 is OUR year for redemption.
Our training plan, up to Musselman, has been written (by me). I combined numerous training plans and came up with this plan that should hopefully get us across the finish line of our marathon and 70.3 triathlon. If you want to check it out you can, here.