After racing Buffalo Springs last weekend, I took it easy last week and even easier this weekend. With only an 8 miler on tap Saturday and nothing planned for today, I have to admit I felt pretty lazy. I resisted the urge to head out the door this morning to run or to the pool this afternoon to swim. I knew my body needed rest, especially with marathon training, otherwise known as Operation Sub-3:10 or bust, beginning tomorrow.
My marathon PR is 3:10:25, and I am determined to break it this Fall at the Baltimore Marathon. In the past I've never followed a training plan for the marathon. I've just done what I want, when I want and it's worked pretty well for me, but I don't know that I've really tapped into my potential with haphazard training. So, this time around, I want to give it my best shot and I believe that means following a training plan.
I selected Pete Pfitzinger's 18/70 plan, shortening it to 16 weeks due to racing Buffalo Springs. I'll continue to swim often and cycle some, as well as adding two weekly core workouts back into my routine. I'm also going to make some nutritional changes (sigh) instead of shoving what I want down my pie hole simply because I feel so entitled because I run. A nutritional plan is an area that I've never really committed too (although I can't say I'm completely convinced it makes a big difference), so I figured if I've committed to this goal, then I need to commit across the board. So...this means the big bag of candy (tootsie rolls, tootsie roll pops and other goodness) is going to the office; no alcohol during this training cycle (bye bye delicious craft brews in my fridge); Mexican food (main culprits being chips and queso); sugary cereal; ice cream and pretty much everything I eat at Uptown Social (local place) on a regular basis.
We'll see how it goes. Here's what's on tap for this week:
Monday: Long Swim/Core
Tuesday: 9 mi (speed work)/swim
Wednesday: 14 mi easy/swim
Thursday: 11 mi (speed work)/core
Friday: 5 mi easy/swim
Saturday: 18 mi Long Run
Sunday: Brick - Cycle/5 mi run
Total Weekly Miles: 62 miles
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to whittle down my bag of candy before tomorrow hits...