Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Marathon and Ultra Training Schedule

For my training plan I incorporated the ultra training I found here (thanks Sandy!) into my normal marathon training. Each training period is 12 weeks, but since my marathon is on November 12th and my ultra is 3 weeks later, on December 3rd, I now have a 15 week training plan. I made one modification to the ultra training, cutting a planned 20 mile on October 24th down to 10 miles, so that I still have two weeks of tapering before my marathon.

One difference between the marathon and the ultra training is that starting in October I will also have long mid-week runs. But the main difference will be the back-to-back long runs. Starting in September, I will follow each of my long weekend runs with another long, albeit shorter, run. This will be a completely new experience for me, because I never run the day after a long run! It's also going to make my weekends a whole lot less flexible!

When I'm training for a marathon, I only have one long run each weekend, and it doesn't matter if I do it on Saturday or on Sunday. So if I have something planned that takes up an entire weekend day, I just switch the day of my long run! But now, I will need to run long on Saturday and Sunday...and I have always have to do the longer one on Saturday.

On my rest days, Monday and Friday, I plan to incorporate some cross training like yoga, weights and swimming. I'll also try to continue my weekly massages when I can fit them into my schedule. My goal is to get through this training without injury. I'm a little nervous because I ran 10 yesterday and 4 today and every time I got up from sitting at my desk today I was stiff and almost visibly limping. It's mostly my left hip flexors, more specifically my psoas, which are really tight, in spite of all the stretching I've been doing. I'm a little nervous that I'm going into this without enough recovery following the Missoula Marathon. We'll see! But, I'm doing both of 'em no matter what.
 
Week of
Mon.
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
Sun.
Total
8/22
4
4
6
4
3
12

33
8/29

3

3

15

21
9/05

3
3
3

18
6
33
9/12

3
3
4

15
6
31
9/19

3
3
4

20
8
38
9/26

3
4
6

14
8
35
10/03

4
4
6

16
10
40
10/10

4
6
6

18
10
44
10/17

4
6
8

22
10
50
10/24

4
8
6

10
10
38
10/31

4
8
8

10
8
38
11/07

4
10
8

26.2 SB marathon!
10
58.2
11/14

4
10
8

22
10
54
11/21

4
10
6

10
8
38
11/28
4
3
2


50K Ultra!

40

                                                                                                                      
TOTAL MILES:    591.2

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