Fall running ( my favorite running season) is right around the corner and I can’t wait!
I have been asked a few times to share with you my marathon training plan and I figured now was a good time to do that! My training is less of a plan and more of an outline.
I have a long run number that I hit on the weekend (Fri, Sat or Sun. depending on my schedule) as my main focus in the training – it increases every week to prepare me for 26.2 miles. I also take anywhere from 6-8 fitness classes (yoga, spin, kettle bell, bikram, cross fit, etc..) a week for work so that helps me a TON with cross training! Depending on my weekly schedule I try to get an additional 2-3 runs in varying from 3-6 miles to focus on speed as well as stamina.
Here is a sneak peak at what the next 15 weeks of my life looks like:
- 13 miles
- 14 miles (HLS Fun Run)
- 15 miles
- 16 miles
- 18 miles
- 20 miles – Philadelphia Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon
- 18 miles
- 20 miles
- 18 miles
- 14 miles
- 12 miles
- Marine Corps Marathon – 26.2
- 12-15 miles
- 15-18 miles
- Philadelphia Marathon – 26.2
An example of a week in the life of And Her Little Dog Too:
- Monday: Yoga/Fitness Class
- Tuesday: 3 – 4 mile run / Bikram/Crossfit class
- Wednesday: Kettle bell class/ Yoga/ 5 – 7 mile run
- Thursday: Yoga class
- Friday: Rest Day or Yoga class
- Saturday: Long Run (insert milage above based on week)
- Sunday: Rest Day
So there you have it! A little sneak peak into how I roll (train). As you can see, I only run about 3 days a week, which is perfect for me. I am prone to shin splints and really want to avoid overtraining. Since my running outline can last a bit longer than a typical marathon training plan, due to running back to back marathons, I really try to keep a variety of workouts in my schedule. My schedule changes every week but this gives a good idea of how I sweat regularly on a weekly basis.
What do you think of my 2011 Marathon Training Plan? How does what I do differ from your training or what you do regularly on a weekly basis? Do you try to get a variety of fitness options into your sweat schedule or do you stick to one or two favorite workouts?
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