Friday, October 25, 2013

Woodlands Marathon – Training Plan

Monday marks the official start of training for my first ever 26.2; the Woodlands Marathon! Over the past few weeks since I decided to begin this journey, I have been researching different training regimens, and while there were many from which to choose, I was able to narrow it down to a modified version of the Marathon Rookie plan.

It is originally a 16-week program, but I extended it to 18 weeks ‘just in case.’ I want to make sure I am still prepared if I get sick, or become extremely busy; the extra two weeks will also allow more time for my body to get used to the longer distances.

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Mondays will be speed work, Wednesdays/Thursdays will be easy pace runs, and Saturdays are will be long runs. Wednesday’s mileage usually equates to about half the Saturday long run distance. As for non-running days, Fridays will strictly be rest days, while Sundays and Tuesdays I plan to incorporate low-intensity strength training such as yoga and resistance band exercises. I am very comfortable with what I have put together, and am extremely excited to get started!

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Let  the adventure begin!

QOTD: How do you choose your training plan for a race?

8 comments

  1. Good luck! Whatever plan I chose, I also add a couple weeks into the schedule to allow for travel or sick time b/c life happens.

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    1. Thanks Lesley! A little extra time is always good idea :)

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  2. Good luck! I can't wait to read all about your training. When I started training for my upcoming half I extended the plan a few weeks "just in case" and it worked out since I've had to spend the last 2 weeks taking it easy.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it is always nice to know that you have a little bit of wiggle room 'just in case'! Good luck at your half :)

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  3. That is so exciting! Good luck with your plan!

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  4. Hey friend girl, thanks for stopping by and giving me some great encouragement on my blog! Congrats on signing up for your first full marathon! you'll totally rock it. since is so close I'm considering doing at least the half but we'll see. I'll be keeping up with your training and I'll be giving ice baths a try for sure in the next couple of weeks. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Cintia!! You definitely won't regret that ice bath after a long run - you have a great week as well!

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