Good thing I only have 2.5 more days of school and then I'm officially in summer mode. I won't be taking the entire summer off from school. I will be teaching summer school (part time) and I will be preparing myself for my new program in my new classroom. Not to mention, I'll be spending tons of time with the family at the beach, cottage, parks and other fun adventures.
Back to the marathon training. I've decided that I'm going to follow a modified version Train Like a Mother's Own It Marathon Plan. Have you had the chance to read TLAM? If you haven't, you have to get it. I love Dimity and Sarah's humor throughout the entire book.
There you have it - in B&W, I am trying to convince myself that I can BQ (someday). I feel that if I up my game (big time) and train really hard, I can do it. But I'm also giving myself permission to not qualify at MDI. I AM going to be running up a mountain. And it is ONLY going to be my 2nd marathon. AND I do need to remind you all that marathon #1's time was 4:15. So, you will see, I have quite a bit of time to take off of my marathon time and I will. Even if it takes me 5 years. (or more)
Why can't I just make it easy and simply follow a plan? That wouldn't be me, now would it? You see, I have this summer full of races I want to do. I just don't want to just do them either. I want to do my best. I know my body and I know I need to give myself some easier days prior to a race and I need to give my body some rest time...which means switching things up a bit. I will follow this plan as closely as possible. I am also coordinating with the girls and their long runs as they are gearing up for their 1st marathon at the Maine Marathon on September 30th! My plan is to continue to do my long runs with them and then add on mileage when I need to. Then on their big marathon day, I'm hoping to bike the route and be their support girl.
My summer races bucket list includes:
- Rail Trail 1/2 Marathon - June 24th
- LL Bean 10K - 4th of July
- Bond Brook 5k Trail Series - starts July 12 through mid September
& there may be a Wilton Blueberry Festival 10k in the mix as well and the Old Hallowell Day 5K...Oh I know I could keep adding to the list so easily right now!!! But I won't. I need to limit myself because I found out last summer that these races do throw off marathon training.
So, welcome to Jen's marathon training, which officially begins today. Well, I guess it doesn't really start today because today's a rest day. I guess it starts tomorrow with a 6 mile tempo run.
What marathon plans do you use? or do you just make up your own plan?