EDIT: Please see the revised version of my training plan here: That’s Not Enough Running: My Marathon Training Plan, Revised
Welcome to my life. All I talk about now is marathon training.
Marathon training this. Marathon training that. Hey, by the way! Did you know I’m training for the New York City Marathon?
Sorry, I’m not sorry. What can I say? My world revolves around running (more so than usual now) and finishing my training program and the race successfully means a lot to me, so it’s going to affect almost every aspect of my life.
Speaking of my training program, I’ve been talking a lot about that over the past few weeks too, but I haven’t shared it with you all yet until now.
You can take a look at it above. It’s briefly based off of the free beginner marathon training plan on NYYR.org. I tweaked it to work for my own personality as a runner and since I wrote about my decision to cut back to 14 weeks and just 3 days of running per week, I’ve made a few more tweaks to it.
The biggest change was that I added in a option for a fourth day of running. Tuesdays will typically be for cross training in the pool or on the bike, but if my legs feel up to it I might opt for an easy run instead. It’s all going to be based on how my body feels. That’s the number one strategy I’m implementing for this whole training period.
A recap of my tempo workout on Monday.
As I mentioned before, almost every aspect of my life will be affected by the fact that I am now in marathon training mode. The two most important being my sleep and my diet. Below are a few guidelines I set up for myself during training. I know I won’t be able to follow them perfectly, but it’s my goal to do the best I can so that I can be as prepared as possible on race day.
My Marathon Training Goals:
– Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
– Make time for naps on long run days.
– Make time for extra sleep whenever possible.
– Foam roll on all run days.
– Stretch every night before bed.
– Increase the amount of fruits and veggies in my diet.
My aim for the race is simply to finish injury free. Since this is my first marathon ever I do not have a time goal and I will be training based on effort and heart rate rather than pace. As I get close to race day and I have a good sense of where my pace should be, I may create a pace plan for race day, but until then my training will primarily focus on effort.
Are you training for a marathon too? Or do you hope to train for and race one somewhere down the line? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
P.S. Thanks to everyone who has sent me kind words of encouragement over the past few weeks! It really means a lot to me and that’s what keeps me going when the going gets tough!
P.P.S. You can still vote for me in the Runner’s World Cover Contest 😉 Thanks for your support!