Marathon Training Review

Yikes!  Hard to believe it’s that time again, my spring marathon is just a week away, and it’s time to take a look back at my training.

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The funny thing about marathon training, is that the more you know about it, the more aspects you want/need to add into your training cycle, and it never (at least not yet), gets any easier because you are constantly adding new challenges!!  Some things DO get easier – like planning long runs, deciding when you can go longer, or cut off a few kms, knowing what days of the week work best for what workouts, etc etc.

This is only my 3rd road marathon, but because I only run one every spring, I dedicate basically January 1st on to marathon training.  I’ve built up my base so that my base building weeks are basically non existent, and I can jump back into long runs and track workouts, and hill training with about 12-14 weeks till my goal race.

In no way am I claiming that I am an expert, but I have taken bits and pieces from different sources, and I’ve built together plans that have so far helped me become a better, stronger, faster runner with minimal injuries.  I’m constantly learning, adapting, and changing both my plans, and my goals.

At the beginning of this cycle, I shared with you, the meat and potatoes of my marathon training, and now it’s time to break it down, and see what I did well, and where I was lacking.  And of course, since I’ve been bitten with the marathon bug, what I want to incorporate next time.  Yep, already thinking about next marathon.  Crazy crazy people us runners are.

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The Meat (& potatoes?) of my Marathon Training

I knew that I was going to run a spring marathon.  I just wasn’t sure of which one.  Now that I’ve decided on, and registered for my race, Whidbey Island Marathon on April 14th, it’s time to get down to training.

Road Marathon #3, here we go.  87 days & counting.

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I like a program with some structure, but I also like to play around with how I’m feeling, and do workouts that complement my body’s mood, because I feel like listening to your body is more important than doing a specific workout on a specific day.

I guess you could say that I don’t follow a day-to-day plan, but I do follow some general guidelines.  You may disagree, which is totally fine, but this is my blog, and what I feel like are the keys to a successful marathon program!

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My Review of Mom’s Training

I’ve been documenting Mom’s progress during training for her first ever half marathon, happening this Sunday at the Surrey International Music Marathon.

This post is dedicated to reviewing what the training program was, how closely she stuck to the plan, and what I think she has learned, and will take with into her next program.  Yes, she is already talking about her next half marathon hehe

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Mom’s Review of her 12 week Half Marathon Training

Before running in her first ever half marathon on Sunday September 30th, I asked Mom to do a re-cap/review of her 12 week training program :

Take it away Momma,

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Mom’s Weekly Training Recap – Aug 20 – 26 – Week 8

Mom’s 8th week of half marathon training :

(Monday August 20th – Sunday August 26th)

Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Aug 20 – 26 – Week 8

This week’s training:  (Monday August 20th – Sunday August 26th)

Eigth week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Mom’s Weekly Training Recap – Aug 13 – 20 – Week 7

Mom’s 7th week of half marathon training :

(Monday August 13th – Sunday August 20th)

Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Aug 13 -20 – Week 7

This week’s training:  (Monday August 13th – Sunday August 20th)

Seventh week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Weekly Training Recap – Aug 6 – 12 – Week 6

This week’s training:  (Monday August 6th – Sunday August 12th)

Sixth week of Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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Mom’s Weekly Training Recap – Aug 6 – 12 – Week 6

Mom’s 6th week of half marathon training :

(Monday August 6th – Sunday August 12th)

Half Marathon training for the Surrey Marathon Sept 30/12

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