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.
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.