I finally have a marathon training plan! Can you sense my excitement?? Clearly, I’m a girl that needs some direction in my life.
My coach at Runner’s Edge sent a training plan for my goal race (The Colfax Marathon) with 5 different training levels. They differ by goals and by experience, from wanting to finish your first marathon to wanting a specific goal time after many marathons.
I’m training on Level 3, defined as:
- Goal: To finish the marathon within a certain time (Breaking 4 hours!)
- Plan: 4-5 planned workouts a week, 3 runs of 20+ miles
- Recommended background: Experienced distance runner with average weekly base of 18 miles in the last 3 weeks
- At least one 7 mile workout in the past 3 weeks
I think I would be up to level 4 if I hadn’t taken so much time off in the last few months. But I can think about using that plan if I go for a fall marathon. I’m excited about this training plan because it has a variety of workouts, including:
- Recovery workouts
- Semi-long workouts
- Long workouts
- Hill workouts
- Goal pace workouts
- Long fast workouts
- Short fast workouts
All of these should keep the training plan interesting! The training plan is also divided into 3 sections: endurance, speed and taper.
Unfortunately, I missed the team long run on Saturday because I put in the wrong address in my GPS. When I arrived at the wrong destination, it was too late to make it to the right place on time. I was pretty annoyed since I had woken up so early for nothing. Instead of my long run, I did a few relaxed miles with Leela.