So, some time earlier this week putting together what I thought was a good training plan for the White Rock Marathon on December 4th in Dallas.
This plan is adapted from Matt Fitzgerald’s Brain Training For Runners. I used the Level One Plan which calls for four days a week of training but I added a recovery run/day on Friday which will be anywhere from 2 – 6 miles depending on how I feel. This plan calls for two days of speed work but that seems a little aggressive for me for a marathon. Given that I have done little to no speed work over the past couple of years, I think one day a week of speed is plenty.
Based on my most recent 5k of 20:06, I used the McMillan Running Calculator to calculate my equivalent marathon time. This puts me at 3:15 marathon. This seems very aggressive to me and I find it hard to believe that just because I may have a LITTLE bit of speed in me that I could run a 3:15 marathon! So, I based my speed work training on a somewhat more reasonable marathon time, in the 3:30 to 3:35 range. This is still a lot faster than my first, but with the new Boston Qualifying Standards moved up to 3:35 for my age group, I figured it would not hurt to train at this pace.
I am still not 100% committed to running the marathon yet. Yes, I hate to commit. But, I wanted to give myself a few weeks to get into the training before I decide. I have battled plantar fasciitis and tendinitis over the past year so I certainly don’t want to jump into marathon training and get re-injured. The goal is to stay running and keep the injuries at bay.
Any tips, thoughts, or advice on marathon training?!? The last full marathon I ran was over three years ago so any tips/advice would be appreciated!