I’ve run three marathons and countless half marathons over my four years as a runner. To prep for these races, I’d run often, normally five days a week, but never long. I never trained the grueling distances most runners do before a long distance race. I’d infuse my weekends with a couple ten mile runs before a half marathon, but the longest distance I’d ever covered prior to my first marathon was 13.1. Even before my two Dopey Challenge weekends, I didn’t rack up anything more than a half marathon during my “training.”
The awful truth is that I hate running. I don’t find peace on the pavement or solace in my strides. I need music to keep me entertained because my thoughts aren’t loud enough to drown out the complaining voices in my head. I don’t run because I love it; I run because I love what it does for me after the fact.
In January, I ran my second Dopey Challenge (read about it here) and by the end of the race, I was done, spent, exhausted. I hadn’t been dedicated to my morning runs prior to race weekend; my momentum had been off. But I definitely didn’t say “never again” to another marathon, In fact I already had one scheduled for the end of 2015.
And now it’s time to begin preparing for a hilly 26.2 miles during the Marine Corps Marathon in October. This time I took an oath to myself to actually train. Yes, with long runs included! If you thought I was strict with my early morning runs before, check me out now. I have to stick to this schedule. No excuses. I’ll try to post how my runs went to keep myself motivated, and in case you feel like you need a running buddy. They won’t always be strong runs but at least you know you’re not the only one who has bad running days!
I’m following the novice supreme training plan from Hal Higdon. Not that I’m a novice runner, but I’m a novice trainer. I’ll use the short distances to work on hills and speed, but I really don’t want to push myself too far too fast for the longer distances. This plan seems most align to my needs.
What about you? What’s your favorite training method?
|1||Rest||1.5 m run||3 m run||1.5 m run||Rest||3 m run||30 min walk|
|2||Rest||1.5 m run||3 m run||1.5 m run||Rest||3.5 m run||35 min walk|
|3||Rest||1.5 m run||3 m run||1.5 m run||Rest||3 m run||40 min walk|
|4||Rest||2 m run||3 m run||1.5 m run||Rest||4 m run||30 min walk|
|5||Rest||2 m run||3 m run||2 m run||Rest||3 m run||45 min walk|
|6||Rest||2 m run||3 m run||2 m run||Rest||4.5 m run||30 min walk|
|7||Rest||2 m run||3 m run||2 m run||Rest||3 m run||50 min walk|
|8||Rest||2 m run||3 m run||2 m run||Rest||5 m run||30 min walk|
|9||Rest||2 m run||3 m run||2.5 m run||Rest||3 m run||55 min walk|
|10||Rest||2 m run||3 m run||2.5 m run||Rest||5.5 m run||30 min walk|
|11||Rest||3 m run||3 m run||3 m run||Rest||3 m run||60 min walk|
|12||Rest||3 m run||3 m run||3 m run||Rest||6 m run||30 min walk|
|13||Rest||3 m run||3 m run||3 m run||Rest||6 m run||Cross|
|14||Rest||3 m run||3 m run||3 m run||Rest||7 m run||Cross|
|15||Rest||3 m run||4 m run||3 m run||Rest||5 m run||Cross|
|16||Rest||3 m run||4 m run||3 m run||Rest||9 m run||Cross|
|17||Rest||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||10 m run||Cross|
|18||Rest||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||7 m run||Cross|
|19||Rest||3 m run||6 m run||3 m run||Rest||12 m run||Cross|
|20||Rest||3 m run||6 m run||3 m run||Rest||13 m run||Cross|
|21||Rest||3 m run||7 m run||4 m run||Rest||10 m run||Cross|
|22||Rest||3 m run||7 m run||4 m run||Rest||15 m run||Cross|
|23||Rest||4 m run||8 m run||4 m run||Rest||16 m run||Cross|
|24||Rest||4 m run||8 m run||5 m run||Rest||12 m run||Cross|
|25||Rest||4 m run||9 m run||5 m run||Rest||18 m run||Cross|
|26||Rest||5 m run||9 m run||5 m run||Rest||14 m run||Cross|
|27||Rest||5 m run||10 m run||5 m run||Rest||20 m run||Cross|
|28||Rest||5 m run||8 m run||4 m run||Rest||12 m run||Cross|
|29||Rest||4 m run||6 m run||3 m run||Rest||8 m run||Cross|
|30||Rest||3 m run||4 m run||2 m run||Rest||Rest||Marathon|