I’ve decided to use a mixture of the Beginner and Advanced training program in the Hanson’s Marathon Method book. Why? Because I don’t want to spend 5 weeks of just running easy. I want to right in there and start training hard! I want to start those speed workouts.
I think I’ve decided on a time goal. I think I’m going to attempt a 3:55 marathon. I’d love to try for a 3:50, but I really think that is pushing it right now. My B goal is sub 4 hours. Goal C to PR and goal D is to finish!
Last year I ran 9:22min/mile for the marathon. Hopefully this year I am ready to run 8:58. That seems like a huge jump. It is. But I really think I need it to scare me a little (or a lot!). I feel that I should be able to run those times in my tempo runs. I should be able to hit my speed and strength work paces. It doesn’t seem too over the top – yet! We will see when we get into the thick of it.
Now, I am away working for some of this. This will make it difficult to fit in the runs I’m meant to get in. For the first few weeks I won’t mind if I don’t get in my prescribed runs. I will try my hardest, but my work is sometimes so chaotic that it may not happen. I’m ok with this. I won’t let it beat me up. But I will try my best.
Training starts next week!