Second post in the same week?! Whaaaat?
The both children are asleep, that’s how this is happening. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and type solo. Plus, this will be short so it won’t take too much time to draft up.
A few weeks before the Frederick Half I started looking at marathon training plans. I knew that I could go into marathon training 2 ways: take it easy for a few weeks post-half marathon or continue the momentum in hopes to maintain the fitness, but tweak the training so that the training plan is longer than 16 weeks. After looking at a few plans, a few for just running a marathon and a few for specific time goals, I decided to go with an extended plan. I did decide to take a week off after the half, though. I didn’t want to suffer burnout so I felt that a week would be good enough to recharge and refresh.
I had 2 plans in mind for the Baltimore Marathon. One was with a target time of 3:30 and the other was just a generic PR plan. When I completed the Frederick Half, I had a pretty good sense of what I am capable of achieving. I’m a fan of setting high goals but I also like to be realistic. A 3:30 marathon is a huge time difference from my 3:47 best…and that was on a flat course. Asking myself to drop 15+ minutes in a few months is a huge task. Granted, it may be possible if I put in the hard work. However, when I looked at the 16 week training plan for that time goal, a lot of the paces were some that I’m just starting to hit but not able to maintain for a significant amount of time, particularly for the time frame the workout asks for. With this reality check, I decided to go with the generic PR plan and re-evaluate my progress at the 16 week mark. If it’s going well and I’m hitting the appropriate time goals, I’ll jump on that 3:30 plan. If not, I’ll continue with the PR plan and try to get as close to the 3:30 mark. I want a BQ. There’s no hiding that. I just don’t want to set myself up for disappointment or failure.
I decided to stick to good ol’ Hal Higdon since his plans have worked so well for me. The Personal Best plan is a 30 week plan originally. However, given that the marathon is about 20 weeks away from now, I decided to start off at Week 9. Week 9 is very close to what I was completing at the end of the half training plan so it wasn’t a stretch to jump in there. I did miss the hill workouts by doing this, though. However, if all goes well, the 16 week 3:30 plan has plenty of those and I’ll be able to get the training in there.