“Man has a dream, and that’s the start…” And then he starts to follow his dream and realizes how bad an idea that was.
There are currently two things dominating my thoughts: that I need to start getting ready for fall marathon training and that I am going through Disney withdrawal big time. Nothing goes with marathoning like a mickey waffle, am I right?
Fall marathon season is upon us even though it’s currently 90 something degrees out. Remember when you were all excited for your fall marathon because it was spring and you enjoyed being outside and you thought of all the cider donuts you could eat if you ran a marathon in October/November? Your mind skipped over summer, didn’t it?
Anyway. I’ve been plan shopping for awhile now. Some people will tell you they don’t train for marathons, they just run them and of course they PR them and they end up running them faster than you do but here I like to be the blog that makes you feel better about yourself so here is my disclaimer: I have to train for marathons, like really put in the effort and the work and just actually follow a plan. I can’t just show up at a marathon and hope for the best because I know the best is going to be horrific. My track record for following a marathon training plan is about 90-95% of the runs are done and the missed runs usually come at the end when I’m just tired.
Long story short (too late): It takes a lot of work for me to be the so-so runner I am today.
At the start of my marathon training, my assessment is that my plan needs to accommodate the following:
- I don’t really feel like running as much-last year’s plan was 5 days a week and I think I can scale it back
- I’m doing a lot more in the cross training department than I was a year ago so my plan needs to accommodate that
- I need to finish NYC without injuring myself
- PRing is not a priority
Setting up my fall marathon is important because I want to be ready to finish Wine & Dine 4 days later and after that it’s basically maintenance mode for November and December, and my number 1 priority is to maintain pain and injury free running. So for this training round I’m going with Run Less, Run Faster. It accommodates my cross training and since NYC coincides with the end of the DC rowing season, I know I’ll be getting in 4-5 days of cross training in addition to my running (and given that we’re going to race at the end of the summer and I learned to scull this morning, rowing has certainly been upping the intensity). I picked my marathon pace in an exceptionally conservative fashion in the spirit of not being overly concerned with PRs. I tried out a few of the runs with the times suggested for my goal marathon time and even with the heat the paces had a manageable discomfort to them. In a lot of ways, it was good because I picked based off of what I am running right now and how I’m feeling and you know, it felt good to not set myself up for failure.
So, has anyone else set up their plan for their fall races?