Now that I’ve committed to running the Richmond Marathon, I figured I should get myself on some sort of training schedule. I know that I have quite a bit of time before the race (it’s November 16th), so I was looking for a plan that would take that into consideration and that would encourage me to train smart. I stumbled across the most glorious resource! The New York Times Run Well Resource allows you to enter in the date of the race you are training for and then choose between 9 different plans, ranging from beginner to advanced. I am a fan of having “all the information” before I make a decision, so I loved being able to compare plans side by side. I ended up choosing “Run Your First Marathon” based on the book by Grete Waitz. I liked the symplicity of the program and the fact that I’m running 4x a week with this plan.
I chose to start my training on 6/10. But keep in mind, that since my race is so far away, the first 8 weeks are really just building weeks to get me to running 4x a week consistently. Of course, this hasn’t been a problem, since I’ve been running a lot lately, but I liked the idea of going ahead and starting and having a goal. I am giving myself the flexibility to switch up the runs during these building weeks. For example, for the next 2 months, I’m to run a 3 mile run, 2 4 mile runs and 1 5 mile run each week. I will make some of those runs longer and slower and some of those runs shorter and faster. I think it’s important for me to have variety during this phase so that I don’t get bored. As long as I’m running 15-20 miles a week, I’ll be happy.
My “real” training begins August 5, and I have two races scheduled between now and the marathon. I’m running the Annapolis 10 Miler on August 25 and the Bull Run 1/2 Marathon on October 20. Once I get into the real meat of my training, I’ll post my plan here for anyone interested.
Are you running a marathon this fall? If so, have you started training?