After two glorious trips (Cali & Miami) the past two weekends, I am slowly finding my way back to my real life schedule. And surprisingly (after glancing at my Countdown App) I realized I have only 12 weeks until the Eugene Marathon. YIKES.
For past marathons, I have used 16 to 18 week training plans, so I am semi-freaking out about a 12 week plan. Thank goodness I had a heart-to-heart with Sarah on a run in Cali where she told me, she had only ever followed a 12 or 10 week Training Program. Phew, it can be done!
And don’t get me wrong, I’ve been running. Last week I ran 44 miles (!) BOOM. Although, I have NOT been running very fast. In fact, I have been running much slower (like wayyy slower) than some of my paces in the Fall. I’m not worried about it because I love running for the sake of running. And being able to spend time running with friends…
However, I really want to document this training plan on this blog. While I don’t think that will mean writing something everyday (hold back your tears, people!), however I want to remember the next 12 weeks (what worked, and what didn’t work). Would I like to qualify for the Boston Marathon one day? I think so…but am I putting all my eggs in the Eugene Marathon basket. Heck No! I realize that taking 15 minutes off of my marathon PR is no joke (especially in less than 12 weeks). Therefore…
THIS IS HOW (I AM GOING TO) ROLL [RUN]:
1. FUN TIMES. Marathon Training has always been fun for me…and that is what it will continue to be. No diggty, no doubt. Truth be told, I actually like training better than the actual Marathon (and that is saying a lot because I loved running Chicago and Philly last year.)
2. Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable. “You need to change something for something to change.” (DUH.) Basically, I can’t go to the Eugene Marathon expecting to run 20 minutes faster than my current Marathon PR without making some serious changes now (aka running outside my comfort zone). I learned during the Fall that running faster means being uncomfortable. The heavy breathing, sore muscles, gasping for air, hurting legs/feet/hips/etc, wanting to throw up 99% of the time…I don’t love those feeling. It’s uncomfortable! But if I truly want something, I gotta work for it. Which means embracing the uncomfortable feelings.
3. Hopefully Run Faster? Specific Time Goals TBD.
4. Did I mention I want to have FUN? Boomshakalaka.
Any advice on a 12 Week Training Plan?