Picking a Plan

MyAsics - Get Your Plan

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.

133 days.

3192 hours.

191,520 minutes.

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!


Too Good To Be True?

Twelve minutes?!

Wouldn’t it be nice if twelve minutes were not only “enough to stay fit” but also enough to improve and meet your fitness goals?!

Sadly, I don’t think four minutes three times a week will get me to the finish line of my first triathlon.  Luckily, I have a great plan and an even better friend to train with.  We start tomorrow!

I don’t have a lot to report on for Fitness Friday this week as it was a hectic time of studying.  (I just may have hit the twelve minute mark… hah!)  But, I do have a reminder for you runners.  Don’t forget to check on registration for the races you’d like to run.  It’s the last day of the month, so prices will be going up tomorrow for many events.  I just signed up for Philly in November.  The registration cost is $10 higher starting tomorrow.

Philly Marathon Registration Confirmation

Yay!  I’m excited to run Philly in the “20th Anniversary” year.  Gotta have something to look forward to when I’m done with this three-sport craziness.  😉

Have a lovely weekend.  Hope your weather and workouts are great!


Maybe Someday

I’ve decided to start keeping track of some of the races I’d like to run.  I may not get to these races any time soon, but they are places I’ll keep in mind for dream running vacations.  A running bucket list, if you will!

In no particular order, and with more to be added in the future, here are the races I’d love to run:

Rome Marathon

(Rome Marathon)

London Marathon

(London Marathon)

Bermuda Marathon

(Bermuda Marathon – yes, please!)

Anchorage AK MM 2013 composite

(Anchorage, Alaska’s Mayor’s Marathon)

And just to change the distance up a bit:

JFK 50 Miler Patch - 50th Anniv.

(JFK 50 Miler)

Are there any races on your bucket list?  Any that you wouldn’t mind a lot of travel time to get to?  Hope you’ll share and give me some new ideas!


Save $13 on the 13th

Save $13 on the 13th

Thinking of running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll series of races?

You can save $13 if you register today.

I have no incentive to tell you about this other than sharing a good deal.  Races are expensive!!  I love smaller community-based runs that are a little cheaper, but it is nice to mix it up with a big city/big crowd race every once in a while.  If you’re going to run a race like that, might as well save a little on the sign-up!  🙂