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07 August 2011

Marathon Training Plan


“Proper preparation prevents poor performance.” ~Charlie Batch

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I'm currently in training for marathon # 2. Failing to plan is planning to fail. HERE is a more technical copy of my training plan. I've decided to follow the Runners World Smart Coach training plan. If I follow the plan it says I should complete the marathon in 4:06:04. That is a little higher than my expectations, I'm hoping I can at least finish the marathon under 4:30.

*Goals during my Marathon Training Plan:

-Break 4:30. I will need to commit to this goal. I'll need to step outside of my comfort zone. "To achieve something you've never achieved before, you must become someone you've never been before." - Brian Tracy

- My training will include easy runs, tempo's, intervals, fartleks, long runs, yasso 800's, hills and or stairs.

- Nutrition. I'll be keeping a food journal to figure out what to eat before, during, after my runs. I will experiment a variety of sport drinks, gels, and energy bars to determine which products (if any) work best for my body. I'm looking for products that please my taste buds and settles well in my stomach. There's nothing like having to take a number 2 during a long run :/

- Run my ass off. If I want to be fast, then I need to run fast. I can't slack off during my training runs or else how do I expect to beat my timed goal.

-Strength Train. This year I picked up weight training and it's made a tremendous difference in my running.

-Stay Injury Free. Listen to my body. If somethings not right or if I can tell an injury is coming; back off.

-Be Consistent & Stick to the plan. I have two small kids, it is important for me not to take time away from them. I will need to find that balance between running and my family life. My family and I are adjusting being back in the states. We are staying in a hotel waiting for military housing to open. Once we get into housing I'll have to deal with unpacking and getting settled into our new home. Then there is also that other thing called deployment :(

- HAVE FUN! Last year, everything was new, exciting, fun and fresh because it was my first marathon. I didn't know what to do or expect which meant I learned something new just about every day. This year, I am going to do everything possible to avoid boredom or dullness in my training. I still want it to feel like the first!


  1. Looks like a great plan and awesome goals!!

  2. Good to lay it all out where you can keep referring to it.

    I wish you all the best and will look forward to reading your blog as your progress with your training.

  3. Exciting! I can't wait to follow your training! I love how organized you are going into this training cycle.

  4. great goals! excited for you as you begin your training! good luck :)

  5. Great goals and great advice! I, too, am a mother of two and it is hard to not let it take time away from family. I find myself getting up at ridiculous hours of the morning to get a long run in so that my kids are still in bed when I get home. Good luck hitting the time goal! DO YOUR YASSO'S! I've never run a marathon, but I'm training for one right now. I will tell you, no other speed work has helped my speed so much as these! They are so awesome. Best of luck to you!!!

  6. SO fun! i love having a new training plan all ready to go :)

    Sam @ fitness food & faith (giveaway today!)

  7. looks like a great plan and some great goals/advice too! i'm running CIM also :) this will be my 2nd marathon too! good luck with your training, can't wait to follow along and watch your progress :)

  8. What kind of pace are you using for your runs? I'm trying to break 4:30 and am trying to figure out what my weekly runs should be at in order to be ready for that pace in the marathon. Thanks!