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Things Just Got Real -Marathon Training Week 1, Day 1

RunEatRalph

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It’s Monday. All that can be written has already been written about how much Mondays suck. Wanna know how to make a Monday better without taking a vacation day? How about a training plan?

Marathon2018 Hope you can read it.

After I was finally able to run the Virginia 10 Miler course last week, I started thinking about adding some structure to my running life. Running 10 miles was a requirement that I gave myself before I would even THINK about training. Here we are…

I didn’t sign up for anything…yet. I’m just getting prepared for a December marathon. I may have one or two in mind.

I’m kinda sorta going back to my roots for this one and using the Advanced 1 plan by Hal Higdon (my first ever marathon used Hal’s novice plan). It’s a nice mix of easy miles with some hills/speedwork/tempos. The long runs are to be run SLOWLY. Hal doesn’t leave room for cross-training and that is where we split up. I’m going to keep on hitting those kettlebells 2 days a week. I’m either going to skip some Mon/Wed runs or I’ll see if I have what it takes to do both.

The peak week is 55 miles. I think I can handle that. I’ll have to look back through the history books to know what my longest week ever is. I’m guessing 55 will be it. I ain’t scared.

If anyone wants to know more about training plans and what some of this stuff means, let me know. I can talk training plans ALL DAY.

I’m starting to ramble a bit. I just want to say how happy I am that I’ve gotten to this point and I’m looking forward to getting my butt back at it. Let’s do this!!!

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Just now, Gonzo Runner said:

I think we all started with a Higdon plan at some point. 

Good luck!

I feel like I can trust it.

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46 minutes ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

I see that December 8th marathon.... 😉

Yeah, yeah. I'm playing hard to get here. I want to be ready for it...just in case. :)

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Good luck and enjoy the journey through the cycle. December marathons are where it's at. 

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I mean, how many marathons can possibly be held on December 8th...? 

Higdon was my first too! And my second through eighth or so too; definitely a solid foundation to build on. 

For what it's worth re: cross-training, the Hansons coaches are very into adding strength-based cross-training on the hard run days, so that your easy days are truly easy. So if it were me, I'd see about doing the kettlebell thing on Thursdays after your harder workouts, and keeping the rest days and easy run days really easy. Otherwise, you can run the risk of working too hard on what's supposed to be an easy day, and not having enough in the tank for high-quality hard workouts. Just my $0.02. 

Good luck!!

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42 minutes ago, HotPinkSneakers said:

I mean, how many marathons can possibly be held on December 8th...? 

Higdon was my first too! And my second through eighth or so too; definitely a solid foundation to build on. 

For what it's worth re: cross-training, the Hansons coaches are very into adding strength-based cross-training on the hard run days, so that your easy days are truly easy. So if it were me, I'd see about doing the kettlebell thing on Thursdays after your harder workouts, and keeping the rest days and easy run days really easy. Otherwise, you can run the risk of working too hard on what's supposed to be an easy day, and not having enough in the tank for high-quality hard workouts. Just my $0.02. 

Good luck!!

Excellent point that I hadn't thought of. It's also a time issue for me too though. We'll see how it goes, but I can always change it up. :)

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3 hours ago, Dave said:

Yeah, I've done Higdon, too.

Seems to be a common trait. :)

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Thanks for sharing the plan. I filed it away, and made sure to name it after you. In my daydreams, the plan seems doable. I just don't know if my calves would be able to handle the long distances on the hills. I would just have to get them ready in advance, I guess. Good luck!

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