Gettin’ it together with marathon training.


Woman-finishing-race-200x300Well, HELLO!

Remember how I mentioned last week that I started marathon training?

Yeah, that was a lie.

I know! I lied to you!

I am a liar!

Sorry about that.

In my defense, I didn’t lie on purpose.

I had the best intentions to actually start training last week…

but I decided to be lazy instead.

How lame.

I am finally getting it together this week and marathon training is officially under way!

For reals this time.

I ran 4 miles on Monday and did a beautiful 5 miles this morning.

Both felt really amazing.

Surprisingly.

Yeah baby! I am back!

See what I did there?

That’s a picture of a baby.

Good stuff, I know.

Just to ensure that I hold myself accountable to my training plan, I am posting it here for all the world to see.

You heard right, I am giving you my own PERSONAL training plan.

I subscribed to Runner’s World SmartCoach PRO a few weeks ago, so this is a personalized training plan just for yours truly.

Week
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
1
JUN 17
JUN 18
JUN 19
JUN 20
JUN 21
JUN 22
JUN 23
25 Mi
 Rest / XT

Dist: 4 Mi
@10:17

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 5 Mi @ 8:53; Cool

Dist: 6 Mi
@10:17

Dist: 12 Mi
@10:17

2
JUN 24
JUN 25
JUN 26
JUN 27
JUN 28
JUN 29
JUN 30
32 Mi

Dist: 6 Mi
@10:16

Dist: 6 Mi, inc
Warm; 3×1600 in 8:13
w/800 jogs; Cool

Dist: 6 Mi
@10:16

Dist: 14 Mi
@10:16

3
JUL 1
JUL 2
JUL 3
JUL 4
JUL 5
JUL 6
JUL 7
33 Mi

Dist: 5 Mi
@10:14

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 5 Mi @ 8:50; Cool

Dist: 5 Mi
@10:14

Dist: 16 Mi
@10:14

4
JUL 8
JUL 9
JUL 10
JUL 11
JUL 12
JUL 13
JUL 14
26 Mi

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:13

Dist: 6 Mi
@10:13

Dist: 6 Mi
@10:13

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:13

5
JUL 15
JUL 16
JUL 17
JUL 18
JUL 19
JUL 20
JUL 21
34 Mi

Dist: 5 Mi
@10:13

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 5 Mi @ 8:48; Cool

Dist: 4 Mi
@10:13

Dist: 18 Mi
@10:13

6
JUL 22
JUL 23
JUL 24
JUL 25
JUL 26
JUL 27
JUL 28
35 Mi

Dist: 5 Mi
@10:11

Dist: 6 Mi, inc
Warm; 3×1600 in 8:08
w/800 jogs; Cool

Dist: 4 Mi
@10:11

Dist: 20 Mi
@10:11

7
JUL 29
JUL 30
JUL 31
AUG 1
AUG 2
AUG 3
AUG 4
37 Mi

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:09

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 5 Mi @ 8:45; Cool

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:09

Dist: 16 Mi
@10:09

8
AUG 5
AUG 6
AUG 7
AUG 8
AUG 9
AUG 10
AUG 11
29 Mi

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:08

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:08

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:08

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:08

9
AUG 12
AUG 13
AUG 14
AUG 15
AUG 16
AUG 17
AUG 18
38 Mi

Dist: 6 Mi
@10:08

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 5 Mi @ 8:44; Cool

Dist: 5 Mi
@10:08

Dist: 20 Mi
@10:08

10
AUG 19
AUG 20
AUG 21
AUG 22
AUG 23
AUG 24
AUG 25
39 Mi

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:06

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 4×1600 in 8:04
w/800 jogs; Cool

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:06

Dist: 16 Mi
@10:06

11
AUG 26
AUG 27
AUG 28
AUG 29
AUG 30
AUG 31
SEP 1
40 Mi

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:04

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 5 Mi @ 8:40; Cool

Dist: 6 Mi
@10:04

Dist: 20 Mi
@10:04

12
SEP 2
SEP 3
SEP 4
SEP 5
SEP 6
SEP 7
SEP 8
32 Mi

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:03

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:03

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:03

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:03

13
SEP 9
SEP 10
SEP 11
SEP 12
SEP 13
SEP 14
SEP 15
42 Mi

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:03

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 5 Mi @ 8:39; Cool

Dist: 7 Mi
@10:03

Dist: 20 Mi
@10:03

14
SEP 16
SEP 17
SEP 18
SEP 19
SEP 20
SEP 21
SEP 22
23 Mi

Dist: 2 Mi
@10:01

Dist: 7 Mi, inc
Warm; 4×1600 in 7:59
w/800 jogs; Cool

Dist: 2 Mi
@10:01

Dist: 12 Mi
@10:01

15
SEP 23
SEP 24
SEP 25
SEP 26
SEP 27
SEP 28
SEP 29
22 Mi

Dist: 5 Mi
@10:00

Dist: 5 Mi, inc
Warm; 3 Mi @ 8:27; Cool

Dist: 4 Mi
@10:00

Dist: 8 Mi
@10:00

16
SEP 30
OCT 1
OCT 2
OCT 3
OCT 4
OCT 5
OCT 6
36 Mi

Dist: 3 Mi
@10:00

Dist: 4 Mi, inc
Warm; 2×1600 in 7:58
w/800 jogs; Cool

Dist: 3 Mi
@10:00

26.2 Mi @9:00
Time: 3:55:53

So what do you think?

I haven’t done a marathon since 2009, so I am a little nervous run anything over 14 miles.

I am very excited though, especially since I am the Long Beach Marathon Ambassador.

Ambassador Logo

I mean, how cool is that?

I am the Ambassador for my MOST favorite race ever.

Even more of a reason to get it together.

So I am!

I am getting it together!

Do you need some help putting together a training plan?

I would love to help you!

Send me an e-mail at ratherberunnin@hotmail.com

and I would be more than happy to throw one together for you.

Okay, I won’t throw it together…

I will create a plan for you!

Help me, help you!

Help me… HELP YOU!

-RatherBeRunnin’

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32 thoughts on “Gettin’ it together with marathon training.

  1. Amy Jo Edwards says:

    I ran a marathon in January and pushed through runner’s knee. I’m so afraid to commit to training an endure more doctor’s appts and shots in my knee. Maybe one day when I have better healthcare I will go beyond 13.1 again lol!

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  2. tribalancegirl says:

    I know I”m reading this totally late, but I”m catching up on my fav runner/writers. I did LB a couple of years ago and LOVED it! The weather is always perfect and it’s such an easy course. Good luck with the training. It looks great!

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  3. Jenny Wood says:

    way to go!! i’ll be at long beach too, for the half, but your plan totally freaked me out because i’m doing the Portland marathon the week before and your plan has race day as October 6 (portland’s date). Had to double check that long beach was in fact a week later, October 13, this year…good news is your not actually a week behind? just wanted to let you know, because i know if i did that (ok, i HAVE done that) and found out three or four weeks later i’d be (i was) really frustrated :/ Good Luck!

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    • ratherberunnin says:

      Thank you so much Jenny for pointing that out. You are totally right. Fortunately, the SC Pro program give users the ability to make small changes like that and adjust their plan. YAY!

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      • klmv says:

        Nervous! Insanely nervous. It’s tomorrow and I’ve no idea still if I’m gonna carry my own bottle belt or rely on the stations. The belt is pretty uncomfortable, but at least I’d be able to drink whenever. On the other hand, it’s a difficult route so I’m not sure I want the extra uncomfortable weight… Gels I could just put in my pocket or hold. Do you think it makes a difference in the finish time when you drink at the stations vs your own bottle?

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        • ratherberunnin says:

          No, it doesn’t make a difference. I walk through EVERY water station and I highly recommend you do the same. Your legs need a break and it is important to hydrate properly during races. I don’t think a hydration belt is necessary either, unless there aren’t enough aid stations. How many are there?

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  4. joanned3 says:

    I’d love a personally customized Rather Be Runnin’ training plan!! I’ve been in a bit of a pickle since my planned October marathon sold out, and the next best thing is a month earlier, not too sure I have enough time to prepare. I’m also harboring a bit of a groin issue (I’m in denial and not going to refer to it as an injury lol) soo my doubts are pretty plentiful, which is sad. Will be emailing you soon 🙂

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  5. Stephanie@nowiun.com says:

    That’s one of my favorite lines!
    I am currently selecting one of 3 – 4 plans for my marathon training (starts June 30). We’re going to be in training together! Phew! A buddy!

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  6. klmgreetham says:

    Nice plan! I’ve never run a marathon before, but signed up for my first one in October. My motto is, “I’m not a competer, but a completer.” Yeah, maybe not perfect grammar, but you get the idea. I’m a slow, but consistent runner. I love your plan! I bought the RW plan too, but am looking to incorporate more XT and not just run 5 days a week. I’m definitely going to take you up on the help to create a plan! I’m off running this week thanks to a stupid pulled muscle in my lower back, so it’s a perfect time to plan!

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  7. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections says:

    Nice plan! I’ve never run a marathon before, but it totally scares me! I know I would want to have a really slow plan, in terms of gaining mileage since I’m a fairly new runner. Best of luck to you!

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