(for the first Baystate Marathon training post, you can go here)
This post has taken me a while to write. The words just WOULDN’T COME. and it took me a little while to figure out exactly WHY: I’m not 100% happy with my plan. The summer is flying by at quite an alarming rate. This week puts me at 12 more Sundays until Baystate. Whaaaaat! It feels like I just started training last week!
The way I’m feeling lately, I am 100% ready for it. I have been sticking to the basic workout outline for my training plan. For me, the long runs are a piece of cake. During training, it’s always the “workouts” that I have slacked on. Not this time. I have been doing my due diligence with speedwork, tempos, and hills. The variance with the types of runs I’m doing is working to make me a faster runner.
My “easy run” paces are much faster than they used to be. It shocks me to look down at my watch during a run on tired legs that are not pushing it to see that I’m hitting a low 8 minute miles. My training plan has me taking my 3:45 PR from February and turning it into a 3:18 finish for Baystate.
If when this happens, I think I will cry out of sheer happiness.
But. All of my runs are actually going much faster than the plan suggests, and my “average pace per a mile” is getting faster on a weekly basis. I know it is because of my commitment to running a variety of runs. I seriously can’t stick to my training plans easy run pace suggestions. I would be holding myself back way, way too much. I know the plan is designed to make you ready to give more during your actual “workouts”.. but…I don’t find myself holding back on those either.
So, what now? I haven’t decided if I should scratch this plan, and write a completely NEW one. Or, should I keep it and loosely follow its workout days as I have been doing? I consistently follow it for the speedwork/tempo days and stick to its paces and mile repeat suggestions. I also follow their long run mileage for the week.
This is my plan for the first ten weeks of training. My “easy run” pace currently is about 8:07-8:15-much faster than the plans range of 9ish avg pace. So now I ask all of you: do you stick to your training plan and follow it to a t?? Let’s hear your suggestions!
Things to remember about marathon training:
There is an average of 12-18 weeks in a given plan. Many, many days of running like a crazy person. (84-126 days to be exact!) Often times we find ourselves so overwhelmed playing the “numbers game” of how many miles we are running. This week is my seventh week of marathon training! Among all the chaos that accompanies it-I wanted to take a minute and address a few areas that I myself am even guilty of forgetting!
1. Try new stuff! Never stop learning about your own body Take notes of what works for you and what doesn’t. Sneakers, fuel, clothing, paces…gosh. Everyone is different. Find what works for YOU and keep learning from it. Often we fall into a rut of sticking to the same exact things, all the time. I get that-I am a Brooks snob and that most likely won’t ever change, but I know I need to keep trying new products and things!!! I didn’t even try NUUN until this year. Keep looking at all there is out there because there is a looooot of variety for every area of running.
2. Do not, I repeat:DO NOT stop having fun with your training. Runners are focused
crazypeople, are they not? Eyes on the prize, pace driven beasts. As you go through your days, don’t forget that this is also FUN. I don’t know a single marathoner who goes through an entire training cycle hating it. Why would you be doing it if you hate it? This is something for you! Each run has some little piece that is fun. Maybe it’s that you’re running with a partner, or a gorgeous sunrise. Even when a run is crappy, try to remember its FUN pieces, too.
3. Reflect back on old runs to see your progress. Look at your apps/Garmin software, running journal and compare a run you did last week or last year to a run you just did. Do you see your improvements? Yay! Comparing runs is one of my favorite things to do–> I love to see my own progress! I mean..nobody but me truly cares about it but it’s so cool to see.
4. It’s okay to rest. You won’t lose fitness, I promise. If you are dragging yourself through multiple runs, or feel twinges in places that shouldn’t have twinges–take a day off. Or, take two. Listen to your body. It’s the only one YOU get.
5. Celebrate your hard runs, or the run you didn’t want to do. I sometimes hate speedwork while I’m doing it. But when I’m done I’m soooooo proud of myself. I love the sense of accomplishment after I kick my own a**. You should feel proud of yourself! As you’re racking up the miles and doing your new longest run-give yourself a high five, or keep that promise to yourself that you can buy those new sneakers…whatever gets you from the start to the finish of your run…just do it. maybe your celebration is that you can take the next day off from running after? There’s a million ways to celebrate!
6. Remember your WHY******** if you forget the other five things remember this one!!!!! Why are you training? Why did you start? Your motivation behind your running and training is personal to you but please don’t ever forget it. For me-my motivation is to BQ. I want it so bad, I can taste it, and fewer things are as powerful as personal motivation. Remember yours!
HAVE A FANTASTIC DAY!!!
Training plans-follow them strictly or loosely?
What do you have trouble remembering about your training?