Today’s task for Organization Week was prepare my Marathon Training Plan. I’m running the Disney Marathon on January 10. It will be my first marathon. I’ve been putting off preparing my training plan because it makes me nervous!
I got my race face on by going for a speedy 5.0 mile run. I finished in 47:40 minutes.
Wearing my half marathon shirt really motivates me. The Marine Corps 1/2 was my first half (read the recap here). It was a great race and very challenging!
After my run, I came home and pulled out my other race t-shirts (well, the ones I could find — I’ve completed 14 races in total). Seeing all these tangible reminders of my accomplishments motivated me!
From left to right: the Gaparailla 5K, 15K, and Half Marathon (3 races in one weekend – read the recaps here and here); the first race I ever did — Martha’s Run 10K, and the 60-mile metric century bike race (read the recap here).
From left to right: Founder’s Day 10K (recap here), Forest Run 10K (recap here), and Seasons 52 5K (recap here).
Here’s a picture of my favorite shirt: Crooms 15.4 Mile Trail Race. This race crushed me (read the recap)! The shirt is dirty right now — I wear it all the time!
Do you keep your race shirts and numbers? I love to look back on them and remember all the sweat, blood, tears, and cheers!
Without further adieu, here it is: Caitlin’s Marathon Training Plan!
- I created this training plan based on other marathon training plans, as well as my past racing experience. I know what works for me and what doesn’t.
- I factored in other races and events so hopefully I can stay on track.
- I plan to do two 18 milers, one 20 miler, and one 22 miler before the big day. Feel free to debate the benefits of doing a 22 miler, but it’s really for a mental boost more than anything.
- I would prefer not to have my long runs (Sunday) be followed by another run (Monday), but that’s just how my schedule works out. I’m sure many Monday runs will be skipped. That’s OK.
- Some of you have commented my overall mileage is low. I’m just trying to finish alive and without injury, not qualify for Boston. 🙂 Plus, I work two jobs and run two blogs — I don’t have the time to run 40 miles a week. Also, I would probably blow out my knees doing that.
- It’s just a PLAN. I’m sure some things will change!
- I’m scared! 🙂
If you’re a marathoner and have any tips for me, please feel free to comment!
Here are my eats for the afternoon and evening. I snacked on:
Before my run, I had a blueberry yogurt muffin:
And dinner was a grilled bella mushroom burger with cheese, peppers, onion, and mustard. Plus, Pop Chips and a side salad.
My kind of burger! 🙂
Bed time! I’m pooped!
When I first started running I ran a bunch of 5K's and before I knew it my drawer was overflowing with t-shirts. I do keep race bibs but have donated most of my shirts, holding on to a couple favorites! I write my time, pace and other pertinent race info on the bib before I stash it away! 🙂