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From the first of the year - now the first week of Marathon Training


Monday, January 06, 2014

Well - it is here marathon training....GULP.

Yesterday I ran my last half marathon for "fun". It was a very late start 8AM. This caused it to get very warm for me. I pushed through with a 2:24 which got me 5th place in my age group out of 10 women. So now the training starts....I am using the FIRST program, which fits me because there are only 3 running days....I am training for a marathon between 4:38 - 5:00. Which will hopefully net me a 6:00 or less at Big Sur in April.

Here is the program for the week:

Monday: Cycle or Swim - Cycle is 10 minutes Easy, 10 minutes Tempo, 10 minutes Easy. I may be swimming due to the fact I will have my first TRI this weekend and I have yet to get wet. I am not too worried as it is only 100m swim. Strength Training followed by a cool down workout. Also before hitting the sack I will do my Flexibility for Runners.

Tuesday: 8 x 400 pace (2:09 - 2:19) followed by a cool down routine and Flexibility DVD

Wednesday: Cycle 10 minutes EASY 3x(2 minutes HARD + 2 minutes EASY) 10 minutes EASY
Strength Training followed by cool down routine and the Flexibility DVD. I also have a root canal this day.

Thursday: 2 miles EASY; 2 miles @ (9:34-10:12); 2 miles EASY. Cool Down Routine. Work the Disney expo with POLAR. Flexibility DVD

Friday: Strength Training followed by Flexibility DVD

Saturday: Flexibility DVD

Sunday: Naples Open Tri (100m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run) + 7 miles @(11:12 - 11:57)

I may be flip flopping Thursday and Friday, since to get to Disney will take a minimum of 2 hours I don't want to be out a 3AM running.

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SWEETNSKINNY 1/10/2014 2:36PM

    Good luck and have fun with your training! Excited to hear all about your adventures!

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RDARLING 1/8/2014 10:53AM

    WOW! Busy week ahead. Best of luck with the Tri this weekend and with the marathon training!

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CTUCKER225 1/8/2014 8:26AM

    Good luck! You are going to do amazing.

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FUNFROG79 1/7/2014 9:46AM

    Great plan, you've got this!

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CRYSBROWN1 1/6/2014 3:36PM

    You have great events on the horizon! Very impressed with your training plan!

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BOILHAM 1/6/2014 3:07PM

    Good luck with the marathon training, and on the tri this weekend. I'm on the tail end of my marathon plan. Mine is on Feb 2.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/6/2014 2:10PM

    The key to running Big Sur, IMHO, is to walk a lot on the really big hill just before the half way part and anywhere else really steep. Then run MP on all the downhills. These are steeper declines than you normally find in races, so you really need to include downhill running in your training plan.

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MBSHAZZER 1/6/2014 1:30PM

    Sounds like a great plan, I am just confused by the times you mention... if you are training for under 5 hours why are you shooting for 6 at Big Sur? Is it because of the wind and terrain?

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GUNNSGIRL91303 1/6/2014 12:53PM

    You have quite the week ahead of you! I admire your dedication so much as well as how organized you are in planning your workouts. Do you figure all your training out yourself or do you follow a certain plan?

Good luck at your triathlon! How exciting! I work with a doc that did the Ironman (for women) summer of 2012. Training for those events is intense. Keep up your great work!

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