You Could Say I’m Marathon Training Now

Now that those half marathons are out of the way…it’s time to shift my focus to the marathon.  I wasn’t originally planning on this a few months ago, but now I will be running the Anchorage Marathon on June 18.

I feel ready (to train, obviously not to run a marathon yet.)  But also not ready.  My longest run so far this year (and since the Boston Marathon exactly 1 year ago) is 15 miles.


I don’t have a specific plan I’m following right now, but I set what I will call “mileage guidelines.”  So what are my mileage guidelines?  Over the next 9 weeks I’d like to hit:

  • Long run distances each week of at least 14 miles.  I’d like to get in at least 2 20-mile runs (probably 2 weeks out and 4 weeks out), as well as 2 18 mile runs (probably 3 weeks out and 6 weeks out.)
  • Weekly mileage of at least 50 miles.
  • A mid-week longish run or tempo run of at least 10 miles.  If it’s a tempo, then it’d be something like 3 miles normal + 6 miles tempo + 1 mile normal or maybe some long tempo intervals.
  • A mid-week shorter speed workout like a fartlek or mile repeats.  I’d kinda like to try the Yasso 800s again too.

I will probably write up a more formal plan (and have my friend Stu help me), but at least for this week after my back-to-back half marathons, I’m going for unstructured.

These week has started off well though: Monday I ran 7.6 miles at 8:04 average pace and then Tuesday I ran 6.9 at 8:02 average pace.  Both runs felt fairly easy, but Tuesday involved some wind.

Actually, I have a few things to discuss with you about Tuesday’s run.  I’m going to try this whole run-commuting thing (I think I mentioned that previously?) to save a few buck$ and a few minutes each day.  The other 2 times I’ve done it so far – I’m waiting on the weather to get a little better – have worked out perfectly.  Besides a little bit of chaffing from my backpack straps, no major issues.

Tuesday, however, I ran into a snag.  The run-commute is all about planning.  I brought my computer to work with my regular backpack and stuffed my running clothes and run-commuting backpack into that larger backpack.  So then the plan was to not bring my computer home that night and just run commute home.  I transferred my wallet, Ventra card, and such into the running backpack and set out for my run/commute home.

Going straight home would only be 1.9 miles, so I headed to the lakefront and ran south for a bit before turning around and heading north to my condo.  The wind was rough along the lake heading north, so I switched back over to the city streets, which were better on the windy-ness front, but not on the crowded-ness front.  As I approached the intersection where my condo is, I realized I forgot my keys.  They were still in the pocket of my other backpack!  #megafail


(Sweaty Band = Fabulousity Black 1″)

But it was probably a blessing in disguise.  If you’d consider getting an extra 1.9 miles added to your run is a blessing.  I was all set to stop at my condo after exactly 5 miles, so it was like the marathon-ing gods were like “Nope, Colleen, you said you were going to run 7-8 miles today and that’s what you’re gonna do.”  I sure showed them by only running 6.9 miles.  Then I took the bus home.  So I didn’t end up saving my $2.25 that day, but I did add an extra 1.9 miles to my marathon-training bank.

Do you follow structured plans or do you just make “guidelines” to follow?

One Thought on “You Could Say I’m Marathon Training Now

  1. I always intend to be a slave to my marathon training plan (or training plan, period), but it definitely doesn’t always work out that way. Especially with shorter races, I’m super flexible early on in training. The only thing I try to stick to for sure is my long run distance (and since I do group marathon training, that’s fairly easy!)

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