Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Back in business

I ran yesterday and today, and not even a twinge of back pain-yay for painless movement!

I think I have a marathon plan that will get me to the finish line in Las Vegas about a year from now. I know, I know-it's awfully early to be looking at plans but that's just the way I am. It's Hal Higdon's novice 2 plan, only slightly more advanced than his novice 1 plan, but looks very attainable. I will add a couple of weeks to stretch out the mileage buildup-there's a couple of points in there when the long run jumps by 2 miles and I would prefer smaller increases in distance. So for now I will maintain my 30 mpw base and play with the calendar to figure out when I need to start training. I have to keep in mind that I want to do the Disneyland half marathon in late August, so I figure that will just be a long run rather than an actual race in keeping with my marathon training. And my goal for the marathon? Honestly, all I want to do is reach the finish line before they close the course!


BeachRunner said...

Yay for finding a good plan. I need a half marathon plan for my race in May 09.

And I am still ROFL at your "argumentative merlot" comment on my post.

Allen said...


Here is suggestion for your consideration. Start now on your marathon training. You'll have extra time to repeat weeks if you need to, and you'll do the 20 miler way before your race. That means that you can then do weekly 14-17 mile long runs for quite a while, with excursion up to 20, 21, or 22 miles every once in a while. By doing this, you can have a good base of long distance when you run the marathon. The half-marathon in August will be one of your weekly long runs. The thing you don't want to do is wait until 17 or so weeks before the race to begin your training, and thus do the race without being used to the long distance. Having a whole year to train for long distance is very cool, and your body will appreciate it! Marathon and half marathon training is mostly just logging lots of miles with small advances in distance each week or two.

SuperDave said...

I think it is good that you are planning your marathon far in advanced. It seems that so many end up training in as little as 3 months.
Personally I want to train for 6-9 months, so that I can build up slower.