Calling all marathoners!
You are needed immediately at The Average Woman Runner's Blog!
Remember the Master Plan 2011 (for kicking ass), Draft 3? Well, the Master Plan began in February with training for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in early May, followed by a couple months of "fun" running/racing time, then starting up again in late June with training for the Portland Marathon in early October. A whole 9 months of planning. Phew!
I'm happy that the half marathon training is going quite well thanks to blogland support and the Furman FIRST program.
Last week I actually got out the calendar and laid out each week of the Portland Marathon training, beginning in late June. THEN, I noted on the calendar every weekend that we are traveling for weddings, have family commitments, etc. It didn't look good. I know that in some of our travels, there is no way I can pull out a 10-mile run, let alone a scheduled 20-mile run based on locations. I would have to miss or skimp on at least three key long runs. This, after coming off two months of light running post-Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
This totally freaked me out.
If I'm going to put all the effort into training for a marathon, I want to do it to the best of my ability, especially if this is going to be my one shot at running a marathon for a few years.
What to do?
I started thinking about how good I feel now (a 1:52 training run half marathon this past Saturday - VERY NICE! I'm such a believer in the Furman FIRST program!) with my training and counted out the number of weeks until the Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon in late June. If I trimmed out a couple weeks of the plan, I could potentially run Seattle RNR. What's the minimum number of weeks needed to adequately prepare for a marathon if I've already been training pretty intensely for a half? How many 20+ mile runs should one complete prior to the race?
The Seattle RNR is 13 weeks away, the Furman FIRST marathon plan is 16 weeks long. I would be able to get three or four 20+ mile runs in, based on the Furman FIRST plan.
- Lighter travel schedule now = fewer training conflicts compared to summer season.
- Cooler temps = better for long runs.
- In total, I would have 20 weeks of training pre-Seattle RNR.
- Friends running Seattle RNR = more training partners (I have one training partner for Portland).
- I have to admit, with everyone gearing up for spring marathons, I'm just plain impatient & have marathon fever.
- I can still run Portland after taking a little rest time, but the pressure will be off because it won't be my "first" and I can allow myself to train as best as my schedule allows knowing that I can walk-jog. It won't be my one and only chance at running a full.
- The break between marathon training programs coincides with a trip to Michigan/Illinois when I would have a difficult time training anyway.
- Mixing things up and switching directly over to a full marathon training program gives me goosebumps.
- I've been following the Furman program for 8 weeks, longest run to date is 13.1 miles.
- I'm going to have to S L O W down. Mentally it will be tough to make myself switch to the slower paces that need to accompany longer distances.
- I told a very important friend I would do Lake Padden Triathlon the same day as Seattle RNR so I would have to back out on her (I've already told her I'm thinking about this). Yes, I feel bad about this one.
- I would miss the Lake Padden Triathlon, which I LOVE to do (plus M @ The Daily Sweat will be there!).
- Of the 20 weeks of intense training, only 13 would be specific to the marathon (first 7 weeks for the half marathon).
- I would only have a few weeks off after the Seattle RNR before starting up with the Portland training...but I will at least be in good shape at that point.
ALL YOU MARATHON VETERANS OUT THERE - -
DO YOU THINK 7 WEEK HALF MARATHON TRAINING + 13 WEEKS FULL MARATHON TRAINING (20 weeks!) IS ADEQUATE?
HOW MANY 20+ MILE RUNS DO YOU RECOMMEND?
AM I CRAZY OR DOES THIS SEEM DO-ABLE?