Greetings and happy Monday! I had another wonderful weekend, and hope you did as well. I did my long run with my run club on Saturday morning and then headed to my parents' lake home afterwards. It was a more relaxing weekend, which was just what I needed! I missed the Mother's Day celebration, so was so glad I got to be there for our low key Father's Day celebration.
It's hard to believe this, but I start training for my 3rd marathon today! From past experiences, I know these 18 weeks are going to fly by! This will be my first time training for a marathon with my running group. I loved training for my half with them last year, but I really missed out on some of the camaraderie because my long runs were so much shorter than everyone else, so I'd miss out on the post-run "woo hoo we did it" conversations, breakfasts, coffees, etc. But this year I get to be a part of it all and will get to know people in the club better as a result.
I haven't really decided on a firm goal for the marathon yet (I obviously have time to finalize my goal). I want to see how the training goes and then go from there. My plan right now is to train for a 4 hour marathon with an actual goal of 4:10. If the workouts are going well, I will pick up the intensity and train for a 3:50 marathon with a goal of 4. My PR is 4:22, and I am fairly confident that I can beat that time. When I trained for past marathons, I just focused on logging miles - which worked fine. But now that I train with a club, each workout has a purpose (speed, hills, tempo, slower paced long runs), and judging by how well that approached worked for my half, I know it will work well for a full, and am fairly confident a PR is within my reach. I also am going to focus on strengthening my core and cross training 2 times/week, which should also help me improve my time.
Like I said, I am really excited for this training cycle. I went back and read through my posts from when I was training for my Portland marathon in 2010 and to sum it up, I sounded tired in those posts... Despite the fact that I was training remotely with Amber, I was doing all the running alone. I know that works for some, but I think I do better training with others. I like the support and encouragement of my fellow run club members - and the guidance and tough love of my coaches!
I'll be doing my "Marathon Madness Monday" posts again, just like I did when I trained for my Portland marathon.
So here's to what will hopefully be a healthy, fun training season!
Are you training for any races? Have you or would you ever run a marathon?