Thursday, January 31, 2013

Marathon Training Plan Changes

If you like my blog's Facebook page you already know that Mike and I are going to be changing our marathon training plan a little bit.  This post isn't meant to be an excuse, but I wanted to share WHY we are cutting back our running a little bit.

I LOVE sharing our training plans, our workouts, our races, etc. with everyone but sometimes I feel a lot of pressure. I am the perfect example of someone who constantly tells people to just run his or her own race (literally and figuratively), but even I get stuck on what other people are doing.

I also get really, really, really annoyed when people give way too much unsolicited advice or constantly say what works for them (in a way that makes it seem like that's what we should be doing). Well that's nice and all but you aren't me or Mike (and Mike and I are even different in what works for us and what doesn't, as hard as that is to accept sometimes), and that's a good thing.

This world would be really boring if we were all the same, even when it comes to running.  I love talking with our friends, Amber and Greg, about running but there is no way in hell I am ever going to be able to run 50 days in a row or run a 1:29 half marathon like Greg just did last weekend. Ali hits PRs by only running 3 days a week, which is AMAZING, but I love running too much to just run 3 days a week.  And I would go bat-shit crazy all the time if I didn't run more than that, just being honest.

I love running!

I love talking with other people about what they do, but don't be offended if I don't do what you do.

When I made our marathon training plan this time, I wanted to do more than one 20 miler and Hal Higdon's Intermediate Marathon training plan did just that.  It also has you run 5 days a week.  I was a little bit hesitant because I knew that once 70.3 training started in March that the 5th day of running would have to go and also because Mike and I are injury-prone.

 This is what February was supposed to look like

I thought that we could handle it for a few weeks, but today I just felt like it was too much.  This is our third week of marathon training and Mike only ran 4 times the first two weeks and I ran 4 times and then 5 times.

When I run, I don't really take many "easy" runs.  Even our long run is at a pace that is a little bit faster than I should be going (which is another topic entirely), add the one day of speed work and one day of hill training and my legs were waving the white flag.  

I successfully completed our first marathon with only 4 days of running, and quite a bit of cross training until the last month, and Mike got to mile 18.5.

That should have been an indication to me that maybe 4 days was good enough, but I have to admit sometimes seeing what other people do makes me want to do it too.

I might still run 5 days a week if I feel good but just to put into perspective all of the OTHER things that we are doing this is what my month of January looked like in terms of miles:

Swimming - 4.2
Biking - 112
Running - 84.75

We also did strength training once a week.  The last two Tuesdays I have done a full triathlon (in the wrong order and with more "transition" time than normal) after work.

My "triathlon" stuff

In the end, I want to finish two marathons and our half Ironman this year without any injuries.  Cutting out a few miles here and there isn't going to hurt our chances of doing that, and actually it will probably INCREASE our chances of finishing all three of those races.

In order to get ready for half Ironman training, we are going to ditch our mid week longer run and keep running on Saturdays and Sundays.  Once 70.3 training starts in March, we will run on Saturdays and bike on Sundays and our midweek longer run will be back.

I think I am becoming a better runner/triathlete because I am realizing that I need to be more flexible and do what is best for me, rather than what other people tell me is best for me.  And that's a good feeling.

20 comments:

  1. I am super proud of your flexibility! You are so hard on yourself!! You know your body better than anybody else and you are making great decisions for you and for Mike!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! That's another problem too, I'm really hard on myself and feel so guilty if we miss some runs. Haha I need to calm down a little bit sometimes :)

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  2. Absolutely--it's all about what works best for you, your lifestyle, and your training goals. It sounds like you're being smart, listening to your body, and making the appropriate adjustments. Those marathons and half-Ironman don't know what's coming! ;)

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  3. My first marathon was a 4:18 (right around a 10 minute mile). Don't say that there are times you can't achieve. I know from experience that it's BS. I commend you for keeping it fun.

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    1. Haha ok, I can't do 1:29 YET. Maybe someday I can though.

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  4. Sounds like a good plan to me! I think it would be hard to fit 5 run specific workouts a week PLUS half ironman training, I would build a blended plan based on your goals - which it sounds like what you are doing. :)

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  5. I love your training plans! Thanks again for sharing it.

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  6. It's all a trial and error process. You are learning what works for you. I think your plan is amazing!

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  7. I love that you decided to go with what works best for YOU. I think in the world of running blogs, we tend to get that itchy feeling when we read about others training plans and latest PR's and if you're not careful, it can make you want to completely revamp your own training plan to keep up... obviously.... and it's definitely not the healthiest thing to get swept up with. So, I applaud you and your decision to stick with what's best for you and will try to use summon my willpower when reading running blogs to do the same! :)

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  8. I love that you are switching things up to work for you! People need to do that more often:)

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  9. I love that you are switching it up and doing what works for you. I also absolutely hate when people give me advice that I never asked for...it happens far too much on dailymile and also in the blog world in general.

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  10. I think your plan sounds incredibly smart. Only you know what works best for you!

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  11. Most definitely. You know you and you know what your body can handle. Great job making changes to make it work for you and Mike!

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  12. I think with as much as you train 4 days is great.
    I am actually doing 3 full days and two half days so I am not sure if that is 5 or 4. HA!
    I say do what works for you.

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  13. I get really frustrated by the people who try to push their ideas about running (or anything really) onto others. Yes, we have blogs...we put it out there, and technically "welcome" the feedback, but the only opinion I really want at the end of the day (unless I've asked for it) is my coach. And sometimes we do want people to share, but in that case we ask, and it should be done with the idea that we will take what we like and leave the rest. I think it sounds like you're doing the right thing.!

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  14. You know you. you know your body.

    I have been sticking to a plan for awhile and running set miles on set days..with a few adjustments here and there. My main running partner never had a plan for training for her marathon. She would just run when she felt like it, while up'ing her mileage. She did pretty dang awesome at her 1st marathon too.

    There's no right or wrong way. (although, I wouldn't recommend pulling a Barney Stinson. HA!)

    I can't wait to see how you progress.

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  15. I completely agree! Go Girl and if you have to change it again...no biggie!

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  16. Good for you for finding what works best for you. I've done the same- I usually cut one of the "extra" running days out, too. My body likes a little more cross training. Excited for you two with this cycle!

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  17. That is great...you DEFINITELY need to do what works for YOU not for someone else. I love that you're doing it your own way!

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  18. Running is such a personal thing. Everyone has different reasons for getting started and different reasons for why they keep at it... I'm quickly learning there's no right or wrong, it's what feels good for the individual and what keeps them personally motivated :) Good on you for finding what works for you and standing by it!

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