It's about that time to start thinking about my training for Boston. When coming up with a training plan, I first think about what my goals are.
Boston 2014 Goals:
1. Run the marathon and enjoy myself. I want to soak it all in!
I want to take pictures! I want to experience the race.
2. Train smart- NO INJURIES!
3. Take 1 full rest day a week.
4. Continue my weight training program.
I do not want my weight training to slide due to marathon training.
Since I have run several marathons, ultra marathons, and have a pretty good handle on what it takes to run this distance, I am only hashing out approximate long runs to do in preparation for the race. I am not planning out my mid week runs. I am going to listen to my body and do what feels right.
I wouldn't recommend this bare bones plan if you are new to distance running or don't feel comfortable not having each and every run planned out. As much as I LOVE a plan, exact numbers, and being anal about things... I feel like I'm at the point where I really just need to be anal about my long runs. I will run during the week, but those runs will be dictated by what I think I need at that time.
I want to be conservative. I don't want to beat my body down. I want to just run the race, have fun, and come out injury free.
I DON'T EVEN HAVE A TIME RELATED GOAL!!!!
I don't care if it takes me 4 hours to complete the race due to taking pictures and enjoying myself. I have no time goal except to HAVE A GOOD TIME.
So, here is the long run plan I have hashed out... looks like I will be starting mid January!
I guess it should be noted that I am not starting from scratch and have a base of currently being able to run 13 miles easily.
Are you training for any spring marathons?
How do you go about making a training plan for yourself?
Have you ever made a bare bones training plan like this one?