I’ll start by saying that there are millions of philosophies about race training. Here I’ll share what has worked for me, and what I am planning to do for the Mississippi Blues Marathon, but this is not the only way (or even the best way) to train for a marathon. I’d love to hear thoughts about what has worked well for other people.
In short, I like to make a rough sketch of a training plan for each marathon so that I don’t get completely off-track, and so that I can anticipate holidays, travel, and work events and prepare accordingly. Usually I just jot it down on a calendar or in a Googledoc (or now, in a blog post). The most important runs for marathon prep are the long runs, so I make sure to note what my goal long run is for each week, and then I have the option to do that run any day during the week (but usually Saturdays or Sundays). I don’t generally write the week’s non-running activities (Orangetheory, pilates (upcoming post!), barre, yoga (also upcoming post!), swimming, etc.), or my run commute, in my training plan, and while I do sometimes put in shorter runs, all of those are subject to change. Each week is different, and I vary based on my own schedule and how I’m feeling. Missing a few runs isn’t going to totally kill your training. Really. I take at least one, but usually two, rest days each week. Continue reading