Friday, January 6, 2017

Marathon Training Has Begun. Just in Time for Shitty Weather

As I sit here and look out my window it is -10 degrees and the ground is covered in 8 " of new snow. Here's how it looked when I woke up. It was actually colder in Longmont this morning than Antarctica. I am not shitting you:



I find myself wondering how I will do my long run of 13 miles tomorrow without having to resort to the treadmill. 13 miles on the treadmill sounds slightly like a slice of hell. But, I remind myself running is a choice and a privilege. And, people, I have goals for myself, so I just keep visualizing that start line in Paris in 93 days!! I could not be more excited to be celebrating my 50th birthday in one of my favorite places on earth doing one of my most favorite things on earth (getting trampled!).

Image result for paris marathon start

Remember, treadmills are convenient for pooping when necessary and water fountains. And there is no black ice on a treadmill. I will, say, however that yesterday someone left the treadmill on at the gym and I almost stepped on it and got ricocheted off. This has happened to me before so I always check now to see if some ass hat as left it on. And, sure enough.

This brings me to training. I have a new marathon training plan!! I am giddy about it!!! I want to smash my goals and be a star!

So, I poked around for quite a bit of time trying to decide which plan to use. Yes, in the past I have created my own plans, but I didn't want to do that this time. I wanted someone to tell me what to do because I like being bossed around sometimes. I also wanted results and a challenge.

I'm wearing glasses because I have an eye infection, which makes me look like I'm high all day

Finally, I decided on McMillan Running to create the plan. I didn't want an ongoing coach, just a solid schedule and the opportunity to ask questions when needed. Long ago I became a fan of the McMillan Running Calculator. Do you know about this? Basically you enter in a recent race time and it tells you what you could potentially run for other distances. It also gives you your goal training paces for long runs, tempos, 800s, recovery, etc. I used this a ton when I was trying to qualify for Boston and it worked.

Now I've got this shiny new plan chock full of a variety of speed workouts, recovery/easy runs and long distances. Tailored for just me by Greg McMillan himself (well, probably not, but I know he secretly has a crush on me). I'll be running 5 days per week, which is what I do now. Weekly mileage starts around 33 miles and ramps up from there with recovery weeks thrown in. It's a 14 week plan taking me right up to marathon day on the Champs Elysees! Mon Dieu.

Let me speak my goals so that I can make them very real and you can hold me to them and mock me if I fall short (<calm down you know I'm kidding. No mocking. Just shame me instead).

Goal A: PR the marathon. My PR is 3:42 (2010). That is a damn long time ago and I am much damn older. So what? Age doesn't mean much to me. I feel stronger than I did in 2010 and pace/speed are things I can work on. Paris is a pretty flat course and at an elevation of 115 feet. 115 feet is for pussies!

Goal B: Qualify for Boston again. The good news is that when you are 50, you qualify by running a sub-4 hour marathon. I think I've got that in me for sure.

goodbye
Running Boston - 2011. I'll be back.

So, there you have it. In the bleakness and coldness of this winter blah time, I've got my eye set on the prize. I love having goals to propel me through...

What's the last training plan you used? Probably one I got through Andrew Kastor for the LA Marathon.

What are you training for now? Paris and just maybe a 50K or 50 miler.

SUAR


31 comments:

  1. I run half marathons.. hoping to run my first full in 2017!

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  2. Ummm...my BQ is going to be 4:10 this year. Just sayin'. Double nickels, sistah. Do you think I can do it?

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  3. Best of luck Darlin'. I'm targeting a BQ time too for the Colorado Marathon in May. Never qualified but never really tried. I don't have a plan yet. Just need work to slow down some and I'll deal with the weather.

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  4. My plan is typically make it up as I go along. Us old folks can't plan too far ahead, you know, and we have to be open to abrupt changes to the plan, in case the prune juice kicks in faster than we anticipated.
    I would like to run a half marathon faster than ever before. I don't know what came over me to say so. My buddy says she has a plan. I am terrified.

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  5. First race of a 4 trail race series starts this Sunday. Tonight's low is 14. Not bad for CO, but for Memphis, it's fricken' cold!

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  6. I've had great results using runcoach dot com. It took a while to get into the groove, but the workouts are delivered via email & web site, it is a year round plan so I don't go through the decondition/re-condition cycle, you can set the frequency & intensity, and the workout sequence is based on one identified 'goal' race at any one time.

    It is purchased as a subscription and has a new interface for mobile.

    They claimed a 7% improvement and I just hit that in early November 2017 over the same 10K one year earlier!

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  7. Superb weather updates! I actually loved the winter season and enjoyed every moment of snowfalls. Site

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  8. Its the stock show cold snap. It happens every year and it will all be over soon!

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  9. I've never used a training plan before, but I'm running the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile, so I'm trying the Hanson's plan for beginners. I'm pretty excited about it!

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    1. Excited to hear what you think of that plan. I thought about using it as well

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  10. I am in my 60's - no more running, not that I did much anyway. I am a walker and want to do a half marathon in May in WI. ( Visiting my husband's family) I have done it twice walking afew years back, but have some hip issues I am working on. I make my own plans, but asking, is there one for walkers you can recommend? I smile- you talk about a long time out there at 3hrs 42 min. That's a little more than my half marathon time - Keep moving is my on going goal ! Excited for you and Paris!!

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  11. I attempted the St. Jude Marathon last year and used their running plan. I say I used it but I really just looked at it a time or two...hence my "attempted" marathon which turned into an ugly 1/2 marathon. I'm training for the Marathon again this year and starting now with some pre-training workouts, trying to get healthy, etc. I'll be 49 when I attempt the marathon again. I was so ticked off when I had to stop. I've wondered whether a training coach would help me stay on track and organized. Duh, right? ;)

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    1. Whether the half or full, the St. Jude Marathon Weekend is the best! I'm 60 and run the half ... albeit slowly.

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  12. It's only shitty weather if you don't like the cold! Seriously, I used to love running in the cold, I only wish my body would allow me to run instead of sitting on the bike at the gym (you're so right that running is a privilege!)

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  13. cannot fathom why the f*ck someone leaves the treadmill running?! so glad you didn't go flying; sheesh.
    excited to read the upcoming posts about training! you're going to crush it. love this blog : )

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  14. My last training plan came from Marathoning for Mortals. I dig the humor in that book! Right now, I'm just working on getting back into even long walks or maybe a walk/run with some weights and stuff mixed in occasionally after pregnancy, surgery, and other injury. I love to read about you running when I find that I just physically can't! It's now been 7 months and counting....

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  15. I'm training for my first full using a Galloway plan.

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  16. 2 friends (a couple) from our running group is also running Paris! Enjoy the city and your birthday!

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  17. I'll be training for Fargo this year. Yikes!

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  20. Good luck! I think I use the Kastor running plan too. Is that the six weeks plan? I have short term motivation so that one works for me ;)

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