week 14 of my Chicago Marathon training, and i have to keep reminding myself why i am doing this. you want me to do what during the work week? 9 miles on a wednesday? oh great. 4 am it is. again.
even 3 miles sound awful at this point. but i have to stick to the plan. otherwise on race day those 26.2 miles will be a total nightmare.
back in the day i bought magazines and books to instruct me on how to train for a race. and to make matters worse i was never a reader. i would read books, sure, fiction mostly. but “how to” books, i would just skim. missing the important info. to give you an example, in college i went to all my classes, took notes and past tests, but never opened the book i was required to buy.
super lucky nowadays that just a couple of clicks on the internet we are able to find a free training plan, anything from a beginner to a 5k to a marathon and above. and they are usually short and sweet. i like that.
i have been following Hal Higdon’s training plans for over three years now. and for this marathon i have been following his Novice 1 Marathon Training Program. you can print the plan or buy the app, whatever works for you. i have stuck with his plans, because they leave me exhausted, but not to the point i cannot function the rest of the day. and not so sore i cannot train the next day. knock on wood, no overuse injuries, so far when following his plans. so i trust him.
i am old school. i print the training plan in duplicate. one for my frige at home and one to post in my locker at work. i cross off the days that are completed and make a note on the schedule, if a training day gets skipped and why. sometimes i feel under the weather, and sometimes it is literally the weather. snow and ice scare me. i am clumsy. and rain? love it, but i have a fear of soaked running shoes. i have to let them dry, and then there is the fear of things growing inside my shoes. yuck.
i am a member at a gym near my work, super cheap. 10 bucks a month. but it is 45 minutes away from home. so weekends if extreme weather prevents a run outside i can get a little stressed, especially during training. i really don’t want to drive 45 minutes, so i juggle some training days around and all is well.
training for a marathon seems like a whole new ball game. like skipping a run will be disastrous for my marathon. so better to just juggle a day or two. i am guessing the long run days are not an option, and i need to be careful of juggling those around.
since i am a marathon training newbie, any advice or stories are welcomed of course.
did you run a race in the rain? what did you do? did you have to switch out shoes, socks?
p.s. if you are new to running or racing, i would suggest following a longer training plan vs a shorter one. easier on the muscles and your mental status.