Bibs of Marathons past.
For the Bootlegger Half Marathon, even though it was my 18th, I committed to following a plan. I thought it would be good mental training for marathon build up. Kind of like training for training, if that makes any sense. I scoured the Internet, narrowed down the options, and finally picked a plan that reflects the routine I currently maintain: 4 day a week of running with 2 optional cross training days. Each run had a purpose that I could focus on (easy, tempo, speed, and long) which also helped me not get bored.
It worked out great for me. I enjoyed crossing off each day as I completed it and only missed a small handful of runs mainly due to a bad cold. I pushed myself by finally adding in specific workouts like speed and tempo, but I kept the overall plan manageable for my lifestyle, which really was the key to success. Instead of picking a plan that is popular, or worked well for others, I picked a plan that reflected my reality. Sure, I could be faster if I run 6 days a week, but that isn't realistic for my life and it would leave me feeling defeated in an already draining pursuit.
I'm starting a week early and doubling up on week one. Source
To be honest, I've felt a little lost the last three weeks without a plan. I missed the daily plan telling me exactly what I needed to accomplish with each workout. So, now it's time for marathon training. Once again, I've picked out a plan that is both obtainable and challenging (is marathon training ever NOT challenging though?). I'm posting it so everyone can see it, use it, ask me about it, and hold me to it. Just another way to help get me to the finish line.
Do you follow a training plan?
What about training plans do you find most helpful?