Its no secret that I wear many hats and juggle a lot, including being a mother to a toddler, a full time teacher, and a wife. Being a runner is only one of the many hats that I wear, and while taking on the challenge of training for my first marathon is a time consuming task, I also recognize that it’s a task that I cannot devote 24/7 of my life to.
Last week I shared some thoughts both here on the blog as well as in a couple of Facebook groups that I belong to, in search of advice of how to go about personalizing a marathon training plan. I greatly appreciate all of the suggestions and tips that I received, and it left me with a lot to think about.
Some of the big takeaways are that:
- Stretching out marathon training over too long of a period of time will lead to the risk of overdoing it, peaking too soon, or burning out.
- Maintaining a running base prior to the start of marathon training will help prevent the need to stretch a training plan out over too lengthy of a period of time.
- Needing to consider how many days per week I will focus on running vs. cross and strength training
- Make sure to enjoy the marathon training experience
- Be prepared for an emotional journey, especially once tapering starts
After taking some time to digest everybody’s advice, my plan is to follow an 18 week training plan, which puts me at starting my Chicago Marathon training the week of June 5th. This works out well with ZOOMA Annapolis, and allows me to choose whether I want to run the half marathon or 10k based on my preference and not based on where I will be at in marathon training.
While training for Chicago, I will continue to run three times per week (two week day runs plus a long run over the weekend), which will allow me additional time for cross and strength training, which I’ve also tried to incorporate into my half marathon training plans. This will also allow me the flexibility that I need when it comes to fulfilling the other commitments in my life and on my personal calendar.
Thanks again to everybody who offered suggestions. Your input has been quite valuable!
QOTD: Do you have any additional advice as I work on solidifying my marathon training plan?