With a marathon Dec. 2 (CIM), I’ve been feeling like marathon training is a long way off still. However, so many people have been talking lately about getting their fall marathon plans underway, I thought maybe it was time I get out the calendar and do a little planning myself so I wouldn’t be late to the party.
I always write my own training plans and don’t really worry about mapping things out specifically other than my long runs. I like to do five 20 to 22s, with a lower mileage week in between each. That means I do start my training pretty far out. And when I got my calendar out, I discovered that legitimate training really isn’t all that far off.
I also have to factor in the various races I have planned for the rest of summer and fall–two sprint triathlons, an 8k, a half marathon (yet to be determined), and a relay race. Those always require that marathon training doesn’t go exactly by the books every single week.
So once I figured all that out, it looked pretty clear to me that I need to start hitting 18-milers by the beginning of August. This works out well for me because I’m pretty comfortably at the 16-mile long run level already, having done one last week and 15 this week. I can spend the rest of July between 14 and 16 for long runs and then be ready to move on up to 18 in August. Works for me.
If yore doing a fall marathon, where do you stand with marathon training? Is it underway?