Monday was an off day, not by choice, but just because we were super busy. We didn’t even sit down to eat dinner until 9:45 p.m. and we were STARVING. We had white chicken enchiladas, YUM.
After dinner Dixie and I got all caught up on the Bachelorette (Oh heyyyyy Shawn) while Thomas caught up on Game of Thrones. I’m kind of mad that Kaitlyn spoiled the winner with her snapchat slip up, but I’m kind of happy that it was exactly who I wanted it to be.
Over the past few days I’ve been putting some serious thought into my fall marathon training. For a first time marathoner, a lot of advice is focused on not setting goals and focusing primarily on mileage – NOT speed. I think that’s great advice, and I want to make sure I’m smart about training, but I also want to make sure I accomplish something in November.
It seems like every training plan has two options – beginner and advanced. Just because it is my first marathon, I’m not going to automatically put myself in the “beginner” category. I’ve been running for a LONG time. I understand that the marathon is a totally different race than high school cross country, but I feel like I’m educated enough to know when I need to slow down, when I can speed up, and how to avoid getting injured. I am by NO means an expert, but I also wouldn’t define myself as a beginner.
I want to challenge myself, but I don’t want to overdo it. I understand how hard this is going to be, but I want it to be hard. A quote always sticks out in my head that was probably on some corny motivational poster at the gym, but it said something along the lines of “if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” I don’t want to take the easier path (no marathon training path is easy) just because it’s the first race. I don’t want to set the bar too high either, but I want to set it high enough that I still feeling like I’m challenging myself and working towards something.
I’ve been reading the Hanson’s Marathon Method and combining aspects of the beginner and advanced plan into a sort of customized plan for myself. I don’t think I’m going to be able to commit to running 6 days a week throughout the wedding madness and honeymoon time in September, but I want to come up with a realistic and attainable plan that will help me run a good race in November. I’m excited to finalize everything and officially get started next month, but I’m curious about how everyone else feels about the beginner/advanced training divide and how to approach a semi-experienced runner’s first marathon.
Do you group yourself into the beginner or advanced category?
How was your training for your first marathon – conservative or aggressive?