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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Road To Boston

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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 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?


  1. Good luck with your training plan. Oh man to run 13 miles easily! That's so cool...that's MY goal! My training plan has a mixture of things. I kind of like it that way so it's not JUST running distances.

    1. You will get there, Tonya! This is after years and years of distance running. I just sort of acquired a base mileage. Sounds like your training has a variety that will prevent you from over training on the running part.

  2. I love this attitude. I find that plans make me feel obsessive about my training - in a bad way. I like where your head is!

    1. There are so many different training philosophies, there's really no wrong way to do it, as long as the way you choose is right for you. I think most people over train rather than under train. We runners can get obsessive! It's just our nature!

  3. I like your Boston goals and training mindset. Perfect

    I'm doing Pittsburg in early May. Not crazy about training in cold weather for but I hope to complete it this year. as you know I wasn't able to do so last year and only ran the half. This year im going the distance. Still pondering my training plan but like yours for Boston. I will decide on after the holidays.
    My goal is to COMPLETE in less than FOUR hours. Guess that two goals! LOL

    1. Those are great goals, Gary!!! Go get that sub-4!!!