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Marathon Training Plans and 20 Miler!

Posted Mar 10 2012 2:22pm
I ran my first 20 miler of the spring today.
I'm not actually at the beach, this just captures my giddiness.
Guess it doesn't really fit in with my "fake training schedule", seeing as how I am probably going to do a marathon in two weeks.  

...But that marathon's just for fun anyway, it'll be like a long, supported run.

Anyway, I rolled out of bed and barely made it to the Spring Marathon Training Team over at Dogwood Dell, as per usual.

We ran 20.15 miles in 2:37:14, which is an average pace of 7:48.

YES, as I mentioned earlier in the tweet world, I really need to start following the running world's rules and slow down my long runs, but it just felt so good!  And I'm not going to be able to run the next couple days, so I'll get tons of rest/recovery after this one.

**I just need to add the my dearest Charlyn kindly tweeted back that there are no rules, love the way you think :)**

YES, it was hilly as crap, and
YES it was uncomfortable at times on those uphills...
BUT that's part of why I love it all.

My running girlfriends from this spring are super strong and fast (and incredibly nice as well) and they've been great at showing me new dimensions to running and setting the bar higher.  (Holler at ya Kelly, Regina, Erin, Annie, Heather, and of course Brittany !)  Don't know what I'd do without them.

They tend to do some miles at the end at their "marathon goal pace" and I just follow along, like a little puppy dog.
Just looking at those numbers is enough to make me tired, but it somehow felt good at the time.
What training plan do you follow for your races?
I just run whatever I feel like doing during the weeks and then on the weekends, I just do whatever the local training group I happen to be running with is doing.  Prob not the smartest idea, but it's worked so far.  I'm looking for any suggestions of good (free) training plans though!
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