Marathon Monday: Can It Be?

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You may have read where I alluded to this fact, but it took me more than the day or two I originally supposed to make a final decision and subsequent announcement. First I did some research, then I talked to Joe. Finally I called my mom. Once I told her (and she told my dad), it became official.

That’s right folks, I’m resurrecting Marathon Monday for my marathon training updates because I have chosen another marathon to run! The race website isn’t yet up to date, but I’ve contacted the race organizers to confirm that the race will happen as planned. My second marathon will be the Hyannis Marathon in February!

Hyannis Marathon Training UpdateI’ve already started training because I don’t want to be at the mercy of injury, sickness, or blizzards during this training plan. Being ahead of schedule beats the crap out of falling behind!

As you’ll remember, I ran my first marathon this past May in Burlington, VT.

While it was certainly a huge accomplishment just for me to finish it, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. Part of that was the result of injury, but even once I had recovered from my injuries, I had a hard time getting back into the swing of things. Admittedly part of my not-so-great time was also the conditions in which I ran the race.

I’ve spoken with others who ran the 2013 Vermont City Marathon who didn’t live up to their training because of the freezing cold rain and wind we were dealing with. Still, with this marathon I’m hoping to stick more closely to my plan for a much better outcome, crappy weather or not. After all, I am planning to run in February in New England. Chances are it will be crappy weather.

On Mondays going forward I will share my training plan and what I actually accomplished the week before. I’m hoping this will keep me accountable, particularly when it comes to the shorter runs throughout the week.

For our purposes, even though I’ve already started a training plan to build up my base mileage, let’s call this week ahead Week 1. So what’s my plan for this week?

Hyannis Marathon Training Plan Week 1 

Monday: Cross train
Tuesday: 2 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 2 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3 miles at race pace
Sunday: 5 miles

Saturday is going to be the biggest struggle this week as I’m leaving for an Arbonne training in Albany at 5:30 that morning and I’ll be gone all day. That means to get in my 3 mile run I need to be out the door in my running gear by 4:30 so I’ll be back and in the shower by 5. My head is spinning just reading that, but I’m committed to making it happen!

I generally have a really unfortunate pattern when it comes to training for races and usually it means that I succumb to those mid-training injuries or illnesses and let them get my spirits down. Once I lose motivation and drive, I have a hard time getting it back. This time I’m hoping that starting slow and early will mean I can deal with the inevitable road blocks without feeling like I’m so far behind I can’t overcome them.

Until I know how my training is going to progress, the only goal I’m setting for myself is to finish this marathon faster than the last. Hopefully as things get going I’ll have a much better sense of a specific time I want to hit (or surpass).

This is where I need insight from all of you marathon veterans, especially any of you who had really difficult first marathon experiences.

How did your second marathon compare to your first? Do you have any tips or warnings for me as I embark on my training? 

xoxo,
Becki

 

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      Haha, let’s see how well it goes before we go using words like awesome. 😉


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      Thank you! I’m so excited. 🙂


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    AHHH!! VCM was my first marathon and it SUCKED! Horrible conditions. I was so disappointed in myself. I’m ready to give it a go again but haven’t picked one just yet. Major props to you for picking a February marathon. Fingers crossed it’s an abnormal February day!
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    I haven’t decided on a 2nd marathon, I’m guessing it will be next summer or fall. But good for you! What did you like about your training plan, or what didn’t you like? Maybe that will help you decide what you need for the next one?
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    Becki – way to own up to your weaknesses! Stating them outloud is such a huge step, and I truly believe will help you to do things differently this time around. I’ve only done one marathon, but would love to do a second! Doing a half this coming October, so maybe a full the following summer? You’ve inspired me!
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