Saturday, January 12, 2013

Marathon Redemption Starts Now

This is our last weekend "free" from training (we are running a 12 miler tomorrow though so we're never really free).

 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.

18 comments:

  1. I always love your honesty. :) I think 2013 is the year of Jamie and Mike! I cannot wait to watch and sometimes even be a part of your journey. Love you both and I look forward to seeing you in 6 weeks.

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    1. Aww, thanks Crystal! I definitely try to be honest all the time :)

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  2. Woohoo! You certainly have a busy year coming up, but I know you guys can do it! I love your determination!

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  3. Looks like 2013 will be a busy and exciting year!

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  4. Wow! You are going to be one busy, trained lady!

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    1. Definitely! But I get to meet you at MDI, so it's worth it :)

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  5. I'm excited for you! I think biking has helped my marathon training... swimming is excellent cross training, too. Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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  6. Sounds like a great plan! It is definitely your year!

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  7. What a crazy but rewarding long training cycle. I can't wait to see what results it produces!

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  8. Woot! It is exciting to go back for more - it lights a fire under you for training! :)

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  9. You're gonna kill it this year girl!! So excited to read all about it!

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  10. 2013 is your year Jamie. You guys are awesome!

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  11. I love training plans too and I am all about 2013 being the year of marathon redemption for us both! Woohoo!

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  12. I think the addition of crosstraining will be really good for you! I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for your awesome races :)

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  13. I think this is going to be a great year for you guys and definitely one for redemption!

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  14. woooohoooooooooooooooooooo MDI!!!!!!!!!!!!! That will hopefully be my 6th marathon in 2013!

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