Monday, August 22, 2011

training overload

I have a problem.

I love research.  I love google.  I love blogs.  I love Runner's World.

I currently have no less than 6 marathon training plans printed in front of me.

I only need one plan.  I am confident that I can complete a FULL marathon with any of these plans.

Yet still I am struggling to commit to one.  The midweek easy runs, tempo runs and speedwork I can easily figure out.

It's the long runs I'm waffling on.  Some plans are very progressive.  Some jump up and down in long run mileage.  Others seem to hone in on higher mileage the majority of the weeks.

Last year when I was training for my half marathon, I mostly followed a plan I found in Runner's World to run a 2 hour half marathon.  Most of my training was completed on the treadmill.  I PR'd with 2:09, which I was thrilled with!  It was the first time I'd ever had a time goal and run only for myself, by myself.  If I were to train and run a half again, I have no doubt I could shave even more time off that PR.

I want to run a half as a part of my training, but the $110 registration fee for the Full kinda broke the race bank for the year.

I'm leaning towards a plan I found in a recent Runner's World for a First-Timer's Marathon Training plan.  Then there are the plans on Another Mother Runner by Andrew Castor.  And there is my SmartCoach App on my iPhone (I like that plan too because it calls for only three runs per week).  And Hal Higdon.

Decisions, decisions.

I wish I understood the philosophy behind training and the various long distance methodologies.  I know I've read stuff on it before, but nothing stuck with me I guess.  I do have some goals for this race.  I have a fairly realistic goal, a feasible goal and a fairly unrealistic goal.  My main goal however, is to finish.

I have a few weeks yet before true training starts.  I guess I'll keep reading and researching.


  1. I am curious to see what you decide. I think I am starting the Smart Coach plan for my 26.2 next week. I like the three runs too and am not sure I want to go right onto another round of RLRF.

  2. I would recommend a high mileage low intensity plan for your first marathon. Don't bother with speed work, don't worry about intervals and track repeats, etc. Go out and just run lots and lots of miles. (that said, the Hal Higdon plan was not great for me).

    I can send you my plan if you want. It's pretty solid. 24 weeks long though, as it gives time to base build. If you already have the base you can skip that part and ease in wherever you are.... lmk. nmomof3 at gmail dot com