So, I kind of secretly mentioned one of my goals for 2014 a while back, but I never really announced it “for real.” I want to run a full marathon this year.
The thought of running 26.2 miles has always been crazy to me. 13.1 was, as they say, only half crazy. Get it? 😉
I’d been debating signing up for this race for a couple of weeks now. I knew I wanted to run a full marathon this year, but I was thinking, you know, “sometime later this year.” As in, I didn’t want to think about it just yet and wanted to put it off.
Well. I’ve gone full crazy now. I’m signed up for the Providence Cox Marathon in Rhode Island. What have I done?!
Training for my 3rd half in just 8 weeks in the freezing winter was hard. And the thought of keeping on going and having no break from half training to marathon training is an exhausting thought to entertain. However, I figured that if I signed up for fall marathon, I’d just have to start at square one again anyway. So if I don’t have to stop, I also don’t have to do more work than I just did. And I also won’t be training in the summer this way. This does mean more winter/colder weather training, but I’d honestly rather run in the cold than the heat any day if you haven’t noticed.
So, while it kind of freaks me out to jump right into marathon training when I wasn’t really planning on it, I think it’s for the best. I’m already halfway there training wise. I’ve just got to keep on doing what I’ve been doing… and then do a little more.
I know the reaction to running a marathon is one of two things. One is: you’re crazy, I could never run that much! And you’re right. Running that much is kind of crazy. But it’s kind of like the craziness of it balances out the rest of life in some strange way.
Two is: way to go! I’ve run 37 marathons. Good luck! Yes, I know that I’m not the most seasoned runner. But this is a huge deal to me. Shall I write a post on why I am the least likely person to run a marathon to prove it to you? Why, yes. Mental note: made.
Marathon Training Plan
My workout schedule will look something like this:
- Monday: rest day, or light cardio/strength if I’m feeling it
- Tuesday: 3-5 miles & leg and/or arm strength in the AM
- Wednesday: longer midweek run
- Thursday: 3-5 miles & abs and/or arm strength in the AM
- Friday: rest day
- Saturday: Long run day
- Sunday: at least 20 minutes of yoga and stretching
You can view the full training calendar here. I put a lot of thought into this plan because I can only make a plan if it’s going to be realistic. This plan is a lot different from any of my previous training plans. I usually like working out 6 days a week. 2 days of rest seems weird to me, but I also realize how much more sore I’m going to be after a much longer run.
I want to be fully committed to two things during this training, besides just the mileage, of course. One is having a solid 2 days a week for strength training. It also seems odd to me to only strength train twice a week, but with all the mileage and wanting two rest days, I don’t see how I can do strength more often without being sore 24/7.
But since I really haven’t been doing much strength training at all the past month, twice a week sounds fine. Within that though, I want to make sure to do leg strength on Tuesday so I have time to shake the soreness by my long run on Saturday. And I want to consistently work my abs and arms, two areas I often skip out on.
I also want to take up yoga again. I am not part of a yoga studio or interested in going to classes. I’m just planning on doing 20-40 minutes of yoga on Sundays to stretch out my sore post-long run muscles. I’ll either do yoga DVDs or stuff I can find online.
Needless to say, I’m excited, scared, ready, and not ready all at the same time. I don’t think there will ever be a time when I feel “ready” to run a full 26.2 miles. But I am strangely not anxious about the training and the race to come. I think God led me to this at just the right time, and I’m trusting Him to get me to the finish! Just 88 days away!
Questions for You:
- Past marathoners: give me all the tips!
- Do you have any goals for the month of February?