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My Marathon Training Plan

So I’m still sick, I have 8 miles on the schedule for tonight, and don’t even know if I’m going out there for any runs at all.  I feel like absolute crap, and really do believe that “rest” will be a better move than training right now.

Saturday I have 19 miles on the schedule.  19 freaking miles!!!

For the Chicago marathon training, I have been following the Hal Higdon “Novice 2” Training schedule, except there’s no such thing as pace runs for me:

Sounds good, right?  It did.  Except for this…

Week 13 of the training schedule, when I’m supposed to run 19 miles, happens over Labor Day weekend.  Do you know what else happens over labor day weekend?

This race:

We’re driving down to VA Beach on Friday super-early-morning to try to beat out the traffic.

I thought about running the 19 miles on Thursday.  But have you noticed how freaking slow I am??  It would take me almost 4 hours to complete a 19 mile run, assuming I don’t even walk.

I leave for work around 8:20 in the morning.  So I need to be back home, at the latest, around 8am for a super quick shower.  That would mean starting my run by 4am.  AAAAACK.  Or, of course, I could run after work.  I usually get home shortly after 6pm, which means I can leave the house after changing to my running clothes, at the earliest around 6:30pm.  Which would mean getting back home around 10:30pm (again, with no walk breaks) — and having to eat dinner, shower, pack and be ready to be out of the door by 6am the next day.  AAAAACK.  Let’s not even mention how both options would also force me to run on super dark and empty trails for at least 2 hours.

So, yeah, no.

So instead, my training plan has been pushed back a week…

On week 12 (this week), I’m running 19 miles, not 13.  So when week 13 comes around, I’m right at the schedule running 13 miles.  The following weekend, I’m running 20 miles, then on my birthday weekend (September 18th – woot!) I only have to deal with 12 miles.  Back again at 20 after that, and then taper starts at week 17 instead of 16.

I debated a lot losing a week of taper, but since I’m not really planning on winning the marathon (hahahahaha!) and I’m not running for time (as I’ve seen in many t-shirts “this IS my race pace” — true that!), it’s not like marathon day will be any different than other long run days for me (except for the whole “I’m supposed to pull a 10k out of my ass” — why is it you run only up to 20 miles in training?).

I’m hoping the extra long run will help out my confidence and endurance.  We will see…  I really was training to run the whole marathon, but as the long runs get tougher and tougher (and I need to take more and more walk breaks), I’m starting to admit that running a marathon will not be in the cards for me.  Sure, sure, I’ll be crossing that finish line, but don’t think I’ll be able to do it while running non-stop.  Unless Chicago weather happens to be perfect running weather (I’m thinking no wind, in the 50’s but sunny — too much to ask?).

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