I have enjoyed Vdot training, since I started in May of this year. But, I haven't spent much time hashing out my training schedule yet, just spent a lot of time researching a couple of sticking points with following a Daniels marathon plan.
What are my hangups, you might ask? Just these two:
- Long run should not exceed 25% of total mileage for the week (that means 80 MPW in order to run a 20 miler)
- Long run should not exceed 2.5 hours (this would limit me to 18- maybe 20 miles, if I ran an intense 20 miler)
I am really very excited about this training cycle! It will be a year since my last 26.2 race, but the lessons are still quite fresh in my mind. Things I plan to do differently are:
- Run at marathon pace within some of my runs. This is not an easy pace for me to find!! My legs either want to speed up or slow down. I should practice it from time to time, though my opinion is that MP is not all that useful for speed development, just confidence. I could use a truck-load of confidence, however. It's essential to racing well.
- I fully intend to listen to my body if it starts to speak up. I have NO need to deal with injury again, especially if there is a race on the calendar. Last marathon cycle, I knew something felt "not right" for at least one or two runs before the whole 3-week layoff (when I should have peaked) took place. A week off with no running costs little in fitness, but can save a goal race.
- My peak has not yet been determined, but I plan to find it BEFORE I start officially training. Yes...that's right. I am trying to find a peak for my marathon NOW. Then when training starts, it will not be new territory. Maybe 70-75 MPW? I am too far out to go much beyond 70, unless maybe I ...
- Incorporate some doubles.
- That will require that I go to bed earlier! :)
- Since I did NO racing in my last training cycle I missed out on some awesome opportunities to PR in the 5k and 10K, while getting in a great workout. Instead, I opted to run my workouts as time trials and wound up with nothing to show for it. This time I hope to race a few times building up to my marathon, all shorter races- 10K or 5K, probably NOT a half marathon anywhere near my peak or taper, just because the recovery would take me 2 weeks!
- This bullet I am VERY excited to list. Carol Duncan, LMT, has offered to support my training and racing by providing her skill in massage therapy! I couldn't be more thrilled about the prospect of regular visits to her.