November is finally upon us, and that means the start of marathon training for a newbie like me. Overall I’m really excited to begin training, although slightly dreading actual race day. And of course me being me, I like to plan in advance. So I slightly stole this idea from a fellow blogger, but I need help from you, my internet friend, about marathon training.
Some context: my goal race is Manchester Marathon on 11th April 2016. Eek!
Here are my general thoughts- this is a bit of a brainstorm:
- I’m still in active recovery from injury, meaning I’m allowed to run 3-4 times a week and I still get symptoms.
- I’d rather have a looser plan since I don’t like to feel too restricted (running is a treat for me after all) but I also know that come race day, I need to be able to trust in my training.
- I’d like to have a long training season (16-20 weeks)- if I fuck up a week, it won’t matter quite so much.
- I’m not keen to run more than 4 times per week- that’s how I got injured in the first place.
- I already swim, cycle and strength train regularly
- I need to avoid further injury!
- I’d like to follow a plan of 3 weeks building mileage + 1 week ‘easy’ week
- I’m self-employed. This means I can be more flexible, but also that my work schedule will be less predictable. I need some wiggle room in my plan!