Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Training Plan

I ran three miles on the treadmill after work last night. And, with that, marathon training is officially underway.  To say I've been dreading this is only a slight overstatement. My looming training schedule has felt like a dark cloud over my head. Over the past few weeks, I've been wondering if right now is the best time in my life to train for and run a marathon. But I was already registered and I didn't want to give up before I'd even started.

Somehow, with the first run done, the cloud has lifted a bit. Everything feels more real and less scary. I'm all in and I plan to be optimistic going forward.

Here is the schedule I'll be following for the next 17 weeks. As usual with my training plans, I expect to stick closely to my long run schedule and be more flexible during the week. I will get all my weekday workouts in but may switch the running and cross training days around depending on how I'm feeling and what plans I have. This is important to me but it is not my number one priority this spring and it will not take over my life. 

Here goes nothing...

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