Fall marathon training has more or less started if you’re running Marine Corps, Chicago, or NYC. But this week marks the start of the Wine and Dine 1/2 marathon training plan available through runDisney, so when my sister called asking for guidance on how to do the training in the plan, I gave her some suggestions. I figured what the hell, I might as well share these suggestions publicly since they seemed pretty important to me.
- Read your training plan.
- Read your whole training plan.
- You know all that text that comes before the plan itself? READ IT.
- Absorb that information.
- Process the information.
- Think about that information.
- Then start doing the plan.
Now, I don’t pretend to be a running coach by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that reading the training plan, like the whole thing, is a really good place to start. It answers questions such as: “So, when it says ’30 minutes,’ does that mean 30 continuous minutes?”
It’ll give you advice, like how you should go about doing your workouts, who the plan is for (runners with different weekly mileage bases are going to need different plans that start at different points), what to do if you miss a workout, etc. Olympians like Jeff Galloway are good sources of information ’cause they kinda sorta maybe know something about this whole running thing.
So if you’re just getting started in training for a race, a good place to start is your training program’s overview. It’ll help you decide if the plan’s for you or not, so you might even want to read it before committing to the plan itself.
I’m just putting that out there.