Even though my current focus is on training for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, since one of my big goals for the year is to run my first marathon, I’m constantly thinking about how I’ll put my training plan together. Some of the factors that I’m considering and the questions that I’m asking myself include:
- How many weeks will I spend training for Chicago?
- What race(s) do I plan to run while training for Chicago?
- What plans do I have on my calendar, particularly on the weekends, that might impact my ability to complete a long run?
Some of the answers to the questions that I’m asking myself are:
- I am a ZOOMA ambassador and will be running Annapolis the first weekend of June, though I still need to decide whether I’ll be running the 10k or the half marathon.
- Our family will be spending a week in Florida during my Spring Break in April, vacationing with good friends. While I look forward to running during our time at the beach and at Disney World, I don’t want to feel guilty if I don’t keep up with a regular training schedule while we’re on vacation.
- Preston and I will be attending at least one, if not two, weddings this summer, one in July and one in August, and both of them are out of town (one is actually out of the country). It will definitely be unrealistic to do a run longer than a 10k during either of those wedding weekends.
What I do know is that just like with my half marathon training I will be following a modified version of one of Jeff Galloway’s plans. His run-walk method has helped me progress as a runner over the past couple of years, so there’s no need to break what isn’t broken. If I follow one of his 18 week plans that would put me starting my training at the beginning of June, but I’m thinking that because I want to give myself a buffer and some flexibility with the long runs that I might bump my start date up to sometime in May, or even April.
One thing is for certain: I’m excited to officially start training for my first marathon. I’m so excited to run the streets of Chicago in October and to run for Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.
QOTD: For those of you who have run a marathon, what are your answers to any of the questions that I’m asking myself? Are there any factors missing from my list?