"Mary" as in my marathon training. Yeah, I know... so clever. Anyway, I'm starting to panic a little bit about the training because it is crazy intense. I mean, it's intense for a seasoned marathoner let alone a newbie like myself. There are FIVE 20 milers in 16 weeks. The first being in week 4 and then every other week! What have I gotten myself into?
On a side note, I just picked up a stack on magazines that have been laying around for a while and what do you think was on top? An ad for the marathon I'm doing. I never even saw it before because it was on the back of the mag but there it was... like a little omen.
I honestly can't believe I am even talking about a marathon. I have never ever had any desire to complete one and was adamant that I would not put my body through 4+ hours of running. I can't even sit in a car for four hours! But (there's that but again) here are my crazy reasons for changing my tune.
1) The run is my weakest event and I need to work on it the most. What better way to improve than to train for a marathon?
2) After the 70.3, I knew that I didn't want to stop there. My ultimate goal is to be an Ironman and part of those 140.6 miles is a marathon. I know I can do the swim and bike but I need to prove to myself that I really can do the run. I can't commit to a IM right now but I can baby step my way there in the meantime.
3) Sticker envy. I want a 26.2 sticker on my car, too.
I've completed putting together my training schedule. I am using the Run Less, Run Faster program again. I spent way too much time crunching all the numbers like a crazy person but hey, I want to know exactly what I am getting into. Here's the lowdown on the plan:
-plan based on a 26:00 5K
-the suggested MP is 9:39
-official training begins the week of August 1
-weekly mileage range from 25 to 36 miles
-five 20 mile runs
For starters, the MP is nuts. I think the 10:00-10:15 range is more realistic. Then there is the issue of weekly mileage. Is 25 - 36 miles enough? I was expecting to be closer to 40 per week. I used the Run Less, Run Faster HM program and had great results so I guess I just need to trust that the MP program will do the same.
July is going to be my warm up to the actual training. I plan to follow the first four weeks of the training schedule modifying the long run mileage to 13, 13, 14, 15. After fine tuning everything, I realized that my previous goal of two 15 mile runs this month wasn't really feasible.
-3 runs per week
-2 bike rides per week (1 Spinerval, 1 longer ride at a steady pace)
-one 15 mile run