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A Saucy Start

Posted Jun 05 2012 12:29pm

Training for Steamtown Marathon officially started today. Yep, Day 1 of Week 1 is in the books. I ran a saucy little 3-miler (I stole that awesome description from Joe H on Daily Mile…he won’t mind) at a saucy 9-min per mile pace. Saucy and Marathon Ready! I think “saucy” will be the theme of this marathon…The Saucy Steamtown Marathon Training Plan.

Oh boy, I got a long 18 weeks ahead of me.

This will be marathon #5 for me, and I am determined, DETERMINED I tell ya, to break 4:30. Not only am I determined to break 4:30, but I am going to train to run a 4:10. Yep, you read that right. I am going to train to run a 4:10. You see, the way I look at it is this. I can train to run a 4:10 all day long, and I think I can probably even run the first 20 miles of a marathon at or at least near a 9:30 pace, and then, when the wheels come off and I completely break down and fall apart into a crying, drooling mess anywhere from the 18- to 22-mile mark (which WILL happen, it WILL, I know it will because it ALWAYS does), I figure I will have banked enough time that the 11- to 15-min miles that are sure to follow the approximately 20 miles at 9:30 pace will still let me pull in, all broken down and squeaking, through the finish chute in under 4:30. How’s THAT for strategy? Pretty solid, yes?

I think Coach W disagrees. But what does he know?

Yes, I will be using a coach for this marathon training. Coach W helped me with my D2E speed training last winter, and under his expert guidance I was able to achieve my sub-24 5k goal of 23:40 , thank you very much, so I am thinking this whole coaching thing works pretty well for me. And, thankfully, Coach W has taken pity on me and very kindly agreed to help me with my marathon training this summer, plus he does it for free so it’s a win-win for everyone…Ok it’s only a win-win for me. Coach W doesn’t get jack shit out of it, except a jammed inbox full of very long-winded emails from me filled with lots of !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ??????????????? and of course the dreaded !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

He’s a nice guy.

I actually created my own schedule. I took the Hal Higdon Advanced 1 marathon training schedule , cut two running days out of it (really, Hal? You expect me to run 6 days a week?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? [see how I used the ?!?!?]), adjusted the distances a bit, added some hill work and mile repeats, and voilá, the perfect marathon training schedule! Or so I thought. I sent it to Coach W with my virtual chest puffed out in pride at what a great job I did…and he sent back a modified version, saying, “It’s slightly different from the plan you proposed…” which if you read between the lines says, “it’s much harder than the plan you so feebly tried to pass off as a real marathon training plan.” But he respected my 4-days-of-running-per-week rule, so I appreciate that. He’s a nice guy, like I said. One thing I put in the plan myself is that once a week is a core/yoga day. So my schedule is a 5-day schedule, with 4 days of running and one day of strength/core (he left the core there, so looks like I did SOMETHING right, sheesh!).

Anyhoo, I am excited about the plan. It’s going to be challenging, but I think I can manage it. I won’t post the entire plan at once, but I think each week I will post what I have on the schedule along with any special instructions and pacing by the Coach. I also won’t post a blow-by-blow account of how each week actually pans out, just occasional highlights when something really awesome or sucky happens. But you can always check out the Daily Mile widget on the right sidebar of the home page of this site if you are true to the stalker profession or just really interested in how a particular run goes. I will try to keep my Daily Mile posts saucy (I like to keep the stalkers happy).

So here’s the scoop on Week 1. Nothing fancy on the pacing. Just regular ol’ easy peasy runs at whatever pace feels good (I LIKE Week 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). You will notice that I don’t have my workouts according to days of the week because my schedule outside of running can change at the drop of a hat, as any mother/wife/career woman runner knows, and I have found that assigning workouts to particular days of the week automatically sets me up for failure if I miss it. I like to keep it somewhat loosey goosey, so basically each Week is a list of the workouts that I need to fit in somewhere along the way, with the long run usually falling on either Saturday or Sunday. Works for me.

Saucy Steamtown Marathon Training Plan Week 1:

Day 1: 3 miles
Day 2: 4 miles, hard hills
Day 3: 5 miles
Day 4: core/yoga
Day 5: 10 miles

Super saucy!! And simple too! So tune in each week for super exciting updates!!

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