My Marathon Training Plan

by Her Happy Balance on July 8, 2015

I believe it’s fair to say that I threw my last little, tiny marble of sanity out the window when I signed up for my first full marathon. After registering, I remember browsing through some marathon training plans on Pinterest and telling a friend that I thought it would be a breeze.

Then I made up my actual plan.

Holy lord. I would now like to take back every word I may have ever uttered about marathon training being easy. When I was creating an Excel document with my weekly mileage, and I casually wrote that I would run 22 miles one week, I was happy I didn’t fall out of my desk chair.

Here’s to hoping I survive this doozy of a challenge so I can brag about it to my grandchildren decades from now. Actually, here’s to hoping I survive for survival’s sake!

Marathon Training Plan

My plan is based largely off of Hal Higdon’s novice 2 plan but with a few variations that suited my needs. First, his plan had the longest run totaling 20 miles. I knew I wanted to get over the 20 mile hump during training, and added a couple weeks of training to the plan to insure that I hit at least 22 miles pre-race. I also knew that some weeks I would only have time to run 3x per week, so I made the 4th run optional. I obviously hope I can get in the 4th run each week, but I’m being realistic with myself and taking off some of the pressure. I plan to run Mon/Wed/Thurs/Sat, cross-train Tues/Thurs and make my rest day Sunday.

Run 1 will be short and easy (Monday)
Run 2 will be quick and paced (Wednesday)
Run 3 will be a long run (Saturday)
Run 4 will be another short and easy run if I can fit it in (Thursday)

So, that’s the plan. Pray for me.

Thoughts??
How did you create your first marathon plan?
How many days do you cross-train each week? What do you prefer to do?
Any tips for a newb?

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Nicole @ Simply Nicole July 8, 2015 at 6:23 am

Looks great! Good luck!!

Jenn July 8, 2015 at 7:02 am

Wow! I’m impressed! Congrats on taking on such a big goal. You’ll rock it!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

That looks like a really solid plan! I’m still tweeking mine a bit. I’ve got a few weeks before I officially am “back at training.” I like to do about 3 runs a week with some yoga and biking in between. Oh and of course a rest day or two : )

Angela July 8, 2015 at 9:13 am

I am die hard Hal Higdon fan but then I bought a book called Run Less Run Faster which emphasizes cross training, speed work, strength training, and only running 3 days per week. I think that is much more my style as I like to do lots of activity. I still go to Hal for advice and basic plans though! Your plan looks good to me! GOOD LUCK!

Kristen July 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Good luck! I have yet to run a marathon but you can’t ever go wrong with Hal Higdon’s plans!

Dapinder July 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm

You’re already off to a great start by having a plan! Good luck with training! 🙂

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