In the midst of all of the July hoopla, I secretly started something else: TWO CITIES MARATHON TRAINING and I wanted to share my training plan with all of you.
Over my past marathons I’ve learned a few key things and have adapted those learnings for this training cycle:
- Log more weekday miles. Half marathons are my bag baby, but for some reason, I haven’t been able to have a seamless, yet still competitive, full. I think that this in part is due to my training. Throughout the last cycles, the most I would get in on a weekday was eight, maaaaybe nine, miles as I have to be out the door by 7 a.m. to get to work on time. If I want to up my ante for this race, I need to make some more efficiencies in my morning routine.
- Get ready at the gym! As much as I love coming home and getting ready with Chicken Face and Lola, I need to log more miles in the morning and the only way to do that is by getting ready at the gym.
- No more taking 25 minutes to wake-up and get my shiz together before I even go to the gym. Be packed and ready the night before (including lunches made).
- Have my Netflix queue already picked out! Since I do all of my weekday training on a treadmill, I need to watch TV or a movie, or I’d jab my eyes out because of pure boredom. Too many times I’ll stand there on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes just oogling what movie I should stream from Netflix. NO MORE!
- Utilize different training techniques to help with speed and endurance. More speed work = increased speed. More hill work = using muscles that normally don’t get touched and can build your speed by enhancing your strength. Far too often I would just crank out the miles to get them done, but with redefined focus on each and every workout I feel like I can optimize the training.
For the first time ever, I’m using a training plan from Run Faster. Please note that I have changed it a bit already and BY NO MEANS is this final. A training plan is always fluid and adaptable. Given that I’ve never done something like this plan, I could find out in two more weeks that it simply doesn’t work for me a scrap the whole damn thing. So without further ado…
To be quite frank, the intensity of this training plan DOES scare me. So I am going to be extremely in-tune with what my body is telling me and adjust as needed. Also, I realize that this extremely difficult to read, so you can access the entire spreadsheet via Google Docs here.
So there you have it folks, my training plan for the Two Cities Marathon in November. What training plan are you using? What questions do you have?