Monday, December 27, 2010

My new BOSTON plan: A Leap of faith & A fresh start

I have been stalling about taking this step for some time.

Really, it boils down to trust: trusting my own limited experience, and trusting God to see me through training, whatever the circumstances (or outcomes) may be. This week I took a big step (for me), and decided to abandon the comforts of a training schedule made by experts (Pete Pfitzinger 18/70) and create my own training plan for Boston- my second marathon. Ever. (Can you tell I am still a bit nervous about this choice?)

Side note: In high school I used to jump off of train bridges and cliffs into rivers and lakes (even skipping a few classes to do so. Sorry dad and mom!). You would have a hard time getting me to do that for money these days.

Thank you to those of you who encouraged me to write my own plan. I don't know if I would have tried without my blogging support crew!

Here is a link to my new training plan for Boston: (click HERE) Let's hope it works! There is a strong possibility that I will go in and erase all the pace info soon, especially if I seem to have any trouble hitting the targets. :) Special thanks to blogger, Danny (he is a genius) who tried to help me post it as an image- I just don't have the skills or the software! 

The plan uses alternating hard/easy workouts with two days specifically for speed work. My peak weeks will each take me approximately 10 miles higher than I have ever done in a single week. I left some workouts as  "cruise intervals" so that I could assess the day before and decide what the best speed workout that day should be. There is a taper and a few cutback weeks. There are a few weeks where I run five days instead of six; this is to get an extra day of sleep as an incentive and body booster.

I started back at the weights last week, which drained my legs, but left me seeing what I have been missing. The plan is to get in 2-3 days a week of strength training on my hard workout days, leaving my legs fresh for the next hard workout day.

Today's run went spectacularly! Nine miles as an easy aerobic run- slightly faster than my goal (Gotta watch that!). I had peace of mind and great time alone with God. My body felt very rested after a "Christmas cutback", and I am glad to be back in a structured program, (no matter how scary it is that I am the author of it).

SIXTEEN   WEEKS   TO   GO  !

28 comments:

  1. Wow, love your plan. Thanks for sharing! I think you are smart to make your own plan. After all, you know what works best for you!

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  2. You know yourself! I know your plan will work fine. I had to laugh at your easy runs, though. They. Would. Kill. Me. Instantly.

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  3. I think you're going to have a fabulous 16 weeks of training. You seem very mentally ready, which tells me your body will cooperate without a problem!

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  4. Awesome!! Can't wait to see how you Rock It! :D

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  5. Your plan looks AWESOME! I'm so jealous. I want to be marathon training now, not training for a 10 mile!

    OK-so I scrolled right down to the RED race day to see if you would type your projected goal. I think after seeing this plan I'm going to up my secret goal for you! You run tempo fast in marathon training! Killer mileage too! I thought I liked high mileage and 70 is about tops for me. This is totally inspiring me! LOVE it!

    I don't think it's scary at all that you wrote your own plan. I think it's SMART! You are just gonna knock this outta the water. I KNOW it!!!

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  6. Hey You!! :> I know that once you put your mind to it...you can accomplish anything!! You have always amazed me with your determination and tenacity. I am so proud of you!! Side Note: Every time I drive by our bridge I think about all those AWESOME times we shared!! Thanks for the memories!! Good Luck on your journey!! Love You!!

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  7. Look At you! Awesome!! Darn, the only reason i bought the pfitz book was because of you! :) teasing but really I only bought it because of you. :) but I'm sure I'll learn from it. I'm hoping this Brain Training book is as good as it looks so far. I'm going to check out your plan right now. Love that running is alone time with God for you...it is for me too. Such a spiritual thing on those long runs...my most treasured prayer time.

    So excited to see you on your journey to boston!

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  8. Nice plan! You are so focused and determined! Love hearing all your work!

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  9. Since I make up my own plan, too, I think it's a very smart idea! ; )

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  10. If I had 57 miles scheduled for my first week of training, I would've been drinking a lot of Jack Daniels on 12/25! Good luck--looking forward to watching you pull this off!

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  11. DANG girl!!! What a fabulous plan! SO excited to hear how it goes for you - just know you're going to pwn that thing into the ground. =)

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  12. Cant wait to follow you along on your Boston journey!! I tagged you in my blog!!
    http://fitgirlwannabe.blogspot.com/2010/12/ive-been-tagged.html

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  13. Shoot, I'm tempted to offer a challenge who can run a faster marathon with the ERG Marathon Plan!!

    one thing I noticed you have about 6 runs you classified as 'hard' (on thursday), since you're doing boston I'd go and try to find some hills that mimic the boston hills to run on those days. But thats just me :)

    I don't think mainstream media, and the average joe, really understands what it means to "put it in God's hands". But I don't think you need me to tell you that.

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  14. Wow!! Your plan looks like you will be fully prepared! Is Boston really only your 2nd marathon?!?! I can't believe it.

    I am so impressed with your organization and wishing you the best each and every day of training!

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  15. Do we need to put together a ERG Bean-Town pool? $3 to enter, person who gets closest to your final time and pac takes the lot? Could be interesting. Of course, I just say that because I missed your Eugene Pikermi time by 1 second per mile.

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  17. That's great! I've always done my own plans and it works well for me. I also follow the hard day easy day routine and also do 6 days a week. Some weeks if I have a hard long run on Saturday, I'll rest Sunday and Monday. Good luck, I'm sure your plan will work fine!

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  18. I know its a leap of faith but you won't regret making the move to your own training plan. I've been creating my own training plans for almost a year now and I wish I would have started sooner since my best performances have come since doing so. It'll seem hard at first but it gets better with time. I know you'll have nothing but success!! I can't wait for for Boston 2011 and I'm not even running but I do know its posting an awesome field of runners including you ERG!! Best wishes on becoming a self-coach and welcome to the self-coaching family!! :-]

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  19. I too can't believe this is only your 2nd marathon, you seem so knowledgable! I think it is so awesome that you made up your own plan. I made up my own for disney even though it's only a half, I've always been my own best motivator, and by making my own plan, I feel more motivated. Some people do better when pushed by others, but I don't like to let myself down :)

    It sounds like you have done what Proverbs 16:3 says, and I don't think you can go wrong!!

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  20. this is a great plan! I only train 4x a week for marathon training too. Its easier on my body at least. I'm so excited for you and your new season of growth and faith!
    LC

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  21. Abby, I love that scripture!

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  22. AHHHH 16 weeks, wahoo!! LOVE the plan and I really love that you put it together. I need to get into weights again....they help so much. To answer your questions my knees feel AWESOME!!! No pain:) I am not running in Big Bear, we are only here a few days! Hope you are having an amazing day!

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  23. Thanks for sharing your plan! I always love to see what other folks are up to. See ya in Boston!

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  24. Shoot!!! Did anyone copy her pace info? I just went to build a pool and she has deleted the tempo info.

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  25. Lol! It was beautifully fast. 6.30? I can't remember.

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  26. Thank you for your sweet words/comment. Hey, I love that your boys use your jewelry for treasure....this woudl be a great idea to make a map for them to "find" and then go outside to dig up some jewels or gold as their "treasure". :)

    Um, yeah, we have just happened to get those boxes over the years when we buy something big. hard to find them at stores anymore. you're right.

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  27. I think you'll do great! You were clearly born to run and coach! Your boys are gonna be awesome runners someday too. I just know it! After all this marathon running, I'm going to have to find a way to convince you to try an ultra or two... =)

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  28. Awesome. Hardcore plan!! Good luck. You will do awesome!!

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