Again before my post today I want to direct you to a guest post I did on Pretty Lil Mudder about nutrition for short & mid-distance running. And I wanted to say thank you to all the support on my post yesterday. It wasn’t easy to share my story but your comments really made me feel so much better and I realize how many people are struggling through the exact same thing.
The Calgary Marathon is only 80 days away!
I feel like I haven’t even began marathon training yet at the same time I’m well on my way. I only made my training plan up to the Phoenix half marathon because I was using the Run Less Run Faster program which I had never tried before and wanted to see how I liked it before committing to it for the rest of my training. (Wow, that seems like a run-on sentence but I don’t know how to fix it, sorry Tom!)
While I love running, I find running 4,5,6 days a week is too much for me as it takes away from the other activities that I love to do like
spin and strength training napping. I have found the Run Less Run Faster program is perfect for me so that I can run less. Whoever named that program is a genius!
My plan is to mostly stick with the program for Calgary Marathon. However, I’m still going to play by my own rules a little bit because I’m a rebel like that.
I had to figure out my long runs based around some other races I already have planned. Plus I like run past 20 miles. When training for New York I planned to do 22 miles, I actually ran 21. We’ll see how this training cycle goes but I’m scheduling 22 miles. At the very least, I’ll run 20 miles twice so that I feel I’m fully prepared. I am also adding in some hill training because I think that’s an important piece that the Run Less Run Faster plan doesn’t include.
For my cross training I plan on going to spin once a week and then I usually do some biking on one of my strength days. My strength exercises will consist of the workouts created for me from Susie and Body Pump at GoodLife Fitness.
After getting everything sorted out my training plan for the next 12 weeks looks like this:
I don’t live in a dream world where I think every one of these workouts will get done. I’m realistic and know life happens. In fact I am going to Spain for 10 days during the last two weeks before the race so I know not all my workouts will happen. I have no problem adjusting my plans accordingly but at least I have a plan down on
paper excel now.
I’m getting really excited about the social side of this race. I talked a lot about the social side of the Phoenix Marathon and how awesome it was to connect with other runners and bloggers. Being that I am a Forerunner (Digital Ambassador) for the Calgary Marathon this year I really wanted to bring that same atmosphere here. I know a lot of people running this race whether its the 5km to 50km. Some great things are in the works so be sure to watch the hashtag #RunYYC on Twitter for more details on social events.
Do you follow a training plan or play by your own rules? How many naps per day are acceptable?
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.