The Marathon and How I’m Training

I have a big week of running this week.  It’s the last week of long runs before tapering begins.  Since I started running long distances in 2008, I have used the running plans of Hal Higdon.  He has numerous plans for different abilities and speeds and he provides all the tips you need to fit the plan into your busy schedule.  I find more and more with distance running that what really matters is how you feel.  Only by trial and error will you find the methods and strategies that work best for you.

Here is the plan I’ve gone with for marathon #2:

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
3-Jan Swim 5 m run Swim 5 m run Swim 6 Yoga
10-Jan 3 m run 6 m run Swim 6 m pace Swim 8 Swim/Yoga
17-Jan 3 m run 6 m run Swim 6 m pace Swim 11 Swim/Yoga
24-Jan 3 m run 7 m run Swim 7 m run Swim 12 Swim/Yoga
31-Jan 3 m run 7 m run Swim 7 m pace Swim 14 Swim/Yoga
7-Feb 4 m run 8 m run Swim 8 m pace Swim 16 Swim/Yoga
14-Feb 4 m run 8 m run Swim 40 tempo 8 m run 17 Swim/Yoga
21-Feb 4 m run 9 m run Swim 6×800 9 m pace 12 Swim/Yoga
28-Feb 4 m run 9 m run Swim 6xhill 9 m pace 19 Swim/Yoga
7-Mar 5 m run 10 m run Swim 45 tempo 10 m run 20 Swim/Yoga
14-Mar 5 m run 6 m run Swim 7×800 6 m pace 12 Swim/Yoga
21-Mar 5 m run 10 m run Swim 7xhill 10 m pace 20 Swim/Yoga
28-Mar 5 m run 6 m run Swim 45 tempo 6 m run 12 Swim/Yoga
4-Apr 5 m run 10 m run Swim 8×800 10 m pace 20 Swim/Yoga
11-Apr 5 m run 8 m run Swim 6xhill 4 m pace 12 Swim/Yoga
18-Apr 4 m run 6 m run Swim 30 tempo 4 m run 8 Swim/Yoga
25-Apr 3 m run 4 m run Swim rest Swim 2 m run Race


What’s in store for this week?  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post (posted this morning), I had a five miler.  Here is my week’s schedule:

Monday: 5 miles

Tuesday: 10 miles

Wednesday: cross train (shooting for a morning swim this week)

Thursday: 8×800 intervals

Friday: 10 miles at pace (so around 8:30 minute pace)

Saturday: 22 miles

Sunday: cross train (bike ride and maybe some yoga)

What doesn’t kill me will make me stronger, right?  Five miles, done.  Ten miles, done.  There is a good chance I’ll be so exhausted tomorrow morning that I may end up sleeping in and shooting for a yoga class after work.  Speed work is also a tough one for me.  Maybe it’s because I typically shoot for Thursdays, which is so close to the weekend that just so ready for some relaxation.  However, I’m worried that this is what will make the difference for Lincoln and I really haven’t stuck to Thursdays very well.  Friday shouldn’t be too bad, but Saturday I have to say I’m a little worried about. 

Most of the women I run with and training marathon #1 in October involves a plan that includes 3 20-mile runs.  I’ve heard the benefits of tacking on 2 miles for a 22 miler, but I have to tell ya…it’s hard enough to finish 20 and adding 2 more just does NOT sound appealing!  Nonetheless, we’ve decided to go for it. 

This morning I got a couple of snapshots during my run; though the best part of the run was meeting up with a friend for about 4 miles in the middle.  It’s always nice having some company and it gives me a break from the ipod and the amount of concentration it takes to pay attention to my book on “tape.”




Guess what!?  I remembered to take a photo of my breakfast today!  Nothing too exciting, but oh, was it delicious!


Oatmeal with an apple and a small packet of (probably unnecessary) stevia.  Oh, and a glass of milk to wash down my vitamins.


Another photo!  A nice lettuce wrap with sun-dried tomato turkey, some mozzarella cheese, and a little red pepper.  Cantaloupes were on sale at the grocery store last week, so I finally got around to cutting it up and had that as a side for lunch today.


And a snack, too!  Yummy, yum, yum Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar.  These are the best things ever!  When I discovered these all-natural fruit and nut bars, I grabbed one of every flavor I could find and started rating them on a scale of 1 to 10 to decide, which my favorite were.  Basically, I’ve decided if it has peanut butter or chocolate in the name, its right up my alley.  I also enjoy the apple pie occasionally.




Ok, so I made it almost through the day with photos.  Since dinner wasn’t all that exciting, I’ll leave you with this.  It was also the last exciting part of my long day.


Sweet Dreams!


What training plans do you use?  Any good suggestions for triathlon training plans?

What is your go-to healthy meal on the run?



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