Hey y’all, I’m about to become a marathoner-in-training! Despite my many protestations over the past few years, I signed up to run the Philadelphia Marathon this November.
I’m still in denial (denial is MUCH less scary than acceptance) about this whole thing, but I think the more I plan and prepare, the more jazzed I am likely to be come race day.
Over the next 18 weeks I will be following my own version of Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 and 2 training programs. My calendar is complicated by the fact that I have two oddly-timed races prior to the marathon (a 10k in early September and a half marathon in late October). I’ll have to be creative with flexing my schedule.
For Week 1, my primary goal is to hit all of my planned workouts. I will finally be doing four runs each week (I haven’t had that schedule since last September). This week they consist of
3 miles, fartlek
5 miles, race pace (8:55 min/mi, ideally)
3 miles, easy
8 miles, long
Wish me luck!
I will be posting updates on my marathon training each Monday while covering other topics (Doughnuts! Hills! Travel!) the rest of the week. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.