Somehow I went to sleep sometime in January and woke up in July! Does it feel like the summer is just flying by to anyone else?!
I took a minute to figure out how long I have until my next big event – and was shocked to find out that the Philadelphia Marathon (November 17th) is 4 months and 10 days from this Sunday!
That’s 19 weeks.
OK, you get the idea. It’s soon. And I haven’t picked a training plan yet!
I always feel a little stuck when it comes to deciding on a plan for marathon training. It seems like I’m always somewhere between beginner and intermediate – but there aren’t many plans that cater to that. I think I have a good cardio fitness base right now, which makes the first weeks of many beginner plans kind of superfluous. At the same time, I definitely am not an intermediate, nor do I have the time to commit to the hours of training that many intermediate plans require.
I know that Hal Higdon’s beginner plans are really popular for people who are starting to train for a marathon. I’ve checked out his other free training plans and am strongly considering the Novice 2 or Intermediate 1 plans. Realistically, I don’t see myself having time to run both weekend days as proposed in the Intermediate 1 plan, so I might end up defaulting to the Novice 2 schedule.
I’ve also investigated the MyAsics training program after reading about it on Run, Hemingway, Run! (Thanks, Marc!) It is similar to Hal’s but is customizable based on age, gender, current race times, goal times, event dates, etc. Pretty cool. The only downside I see to it so far is that it doesn’t seem to be too flexible once you put in a current race time. (It seems to presume that your mile split time for the entered race length is the fastest you can run for any length. I would assume most people are like me in that they can run a 5k at a faster pace than their half-marathon pace, but the MyAsics plan seems to stick to the slower half-marathon pace if that’s the current race time you enter.)
Anyway, I haven’t been great about picking and sticking with plans in the past, which means I’ve never actually “trained” for a marathon, although I’ve run several. Having a plan this time around would make the post-marathon weeks much more pleasant, I’m sure! I’d love to hear what everyone recommends and what factors you think are important in picking a plan. My legs will thank you on November 18th. 😉
Happy Fitness Friday!