Since my last marathon in July, I’ve had mixed feelings about my next marathon. Seem to feel less excited about the entire process; developing the running schedule, finding a race and beginning the mile ramp up. Perhaps it was the post marathon blues. But these blues lasted well past a few wees. It’s not that I’m losing motivation… ok maybe I am.
Should I take some time off, give training and racing a rest for awhile..?
- Maybe 2014 will deliver a new, fresh perspective….
- Taking a break would allow my body to fully ‘recover’, heal
- I can focus the time I would spend on training on something else, like my ‘slowly’ emerging small business.
Or maybe I just need a new ‘approach’ to the entire enterprise that is called “marathon training”.
During August, I debated these questions in my head and darted back in forth about what I want to do next. But while I considered my next move, I did take the step to start, slowly, ramping up miles and developed a rough training schedule.
Not exactly sure when or how I found peace in making a decision but I did, about a month ago.
It may have helped that I found a race that satisfied my key requirements:
- I wanted to fully train, 18 weeks
- A flat, fast course to help hit my BQ
- Geographically (sort of) close to our NW home.
The race I am now targeting is the California International Marathon (CIM). I’m following a full 18 week training schedule. Been years since I’ve done that, since I usually under train for the first marathon of the year(May) then 8-12 later (summer), I’ll run a second and 8 weeks later (Fall) my 3rd of the year. This time, my focus is just one race.
I REALLY hope not to repeat mistakes of the past. A few of these mistakes include, not enough:
- training. (weekly and total miles) No more 12 week plans.
- speed work. BQ requires tempo, interval and stride runs.
- thought into race day fueling and hydration strategy. And following it
The biggest change in this current training schedule is the total weekly miles. Many races I’ve run a few 40 mile weeks and peaked mid 40s or a few times peaked at one 50 (weekly) miles. This time I’ll run five 50+ mile weeks.
So, far so good. The last two weeks legs been tired but I feel stronger. Fingers crossed the body doesn’t revolt from the speed and extra miles in this training plan.