Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Year, New Training Plan

Yesterday officially kicked off training for my goal marathon on May 15th: Mississauga Marathon, home of my sub-4/PR.



Hubs has once again worked his magic in creating a custom training plan for me, which we then worked together to scrutinize and fine-tune.

There are a noticeable changes from my last round:
  • running 6 days per week instead of 5
  • cross-training on my "off" day and at least one other day
  • two workouts per week (tempo/LT Tuesdays and interval Thursdays) *not every week
  • emphasis on keeping recovery runs slooooooow
  • splitting medium-long into two runs, at least for the time being while it's freezing and pitch dark before and after work
  • tempo/LT runs incorporated into medium-long days
  • significantly more marathon pace work, in particular during long runs
Day 1 called for rest/cross-training so I hit the gym for some time on the stair-climber, elliptical and weights. Ideally I'd like to take a spin class on Mondays, but I wasn't feeling up to it after a long first day back to work and a grueling long run (hilly 17 miles - yes, this was before training began) the day before.

The mileage will be big, the workouts will be tough and it will be a fun 19 weeks.

As for goals? You will have to wait and see. :)



HBBC Ongoing Tally, Jan. 1 - 7
Jan. 1 - 0
Jan. 2 - run (17.1)
Jan. 3 - cardio (3), weights (1), F&V (1) = 5
=22.1

46 comments:

Aneta said...

wow marlene! u r starting the year of with a bang! congrats!
ill be at mississauga as well, doing the half marathon and trying to finally get my sub 2 hour time.

looking forward to following you all the way to mississauga (not in a creepy way lol)

happy new year and may 2011 bring you lots of great run and lots of great adventures!

Laura said...

Holy.....I am interested to hear what your idea of slow recovery runs are. :)
Can't wait to follow along as usual!

lish said...

You are hardcore! I have narrowed it down to either Missisauga or Goodlife for the 15th of May! I am excited to follow!

misszippy said...

I think a plan like that will definitely get you where you want to be! Enjoy it.

Allison said...

WOW! You are inspiring..... 17 miles before training starts! Good luck and I'm excited to follow you through 2011!

Still Running said...

Yeesh 17 miles. For fun? Good for you. I'll be rooting for hubby at Mississauga (he's doing the half), so I'm sure I'll spot ya again. It would be helpful if you wore your M&M suit. Have fun training!

TNTcoach Ken said...

The Crazy Canadian is back! I'm just giving up and living vicariously through you! Hmmmmmm cookies, cakes and chips for me.

Johann said...

Exciting training for you. I'm a huge believer in running 6 days per week. Hey, that's 52 rest days per year! I rest completely on my rest day and do core and upper body 3 days per week after my runs.

Joanna said...

That sounds like a completely insane training schedule. And kind of awesome. Go for it!! I'm bringing up the rear over here with creating my training plan. It will for sure be done this week!

Lacey Nicole said...

you are always on a mission, i love it :)

your training plan sounds like it will keep you in great shape!!!!!!

and i can't wait to hear your goals :) happy new year marlene!!! you are rockin' and rollin' with no sign of slowin' :) feel free to sing that :) hehe.

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like you are going to be busy with that training! Awesome! I look forward to reading more about your goals!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I just started marathon training yesterday and did a 15 mile long run BEFORE the plan started. We are crazy!

I have been toying with a 6 day a week schedule. Interested in hearing how you like it.

destination262 said...

So excited to hear what your goals are - but loving your jump start on the May marathon. I am always inspired to run more after reading your posts!

Nicole said...

I love that marathon training has started for everyone! its so much fun going through the same thing with other people too!

Amy said...

Wow, Marlene! Your plan sounds intense! I'll be following along as I train for Vancouver.

Runners Fuel said...

17 hilly miles before training??? Awesome!

H Love said...

are you a machine? impressive!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

You know I chuckled when I read "the mileage with be big" as if your mileage isn't already BIG. I can't imagine how much more you can run! You two are crazy focused. Stay fit and enjoy the training.

Zorbs said...

so jealous of you having time to run big mileage. I was just told by a few people on Spark that I will never run my marathon potential unless I have a base of at least 50-60 mpw. I already get up at 4 am..and don't get home from work until 9:30 pm. Where will I find time to run 50-85 mpw? Wish I had run big mileage before having a kid.

Lily on the Road said...

You will kill it this year!
Six days of running...one day *off*, you go girl!!!

Denise said...

schedule sounds great! i have a feeling this is your year!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Hmmmmm... this post makes me realize how much of a slacker I am since I have not created or started my Boston training plan yet.

You are a running MACHINE

Forward Foot Strides said...

YEAH!!! Can't wait, I'll see you there :-).

J said...

I cannot wait to follow your marathon training!! May is going to come really fast! I need to get on my training schedule soon too!

Teamarcia said...

Oooh sounds aggressive! With goals to match I suspect! Very exciting!

Jamie said...

That sounds like one heck of an aggressive training plan. Good luck with the new round of training! I have no doubt you'll kill it again!

Aron said...

yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I am excited for this! Sounds a lot like my plan too, we can be buddies once again!

Jill said...

Don't forget to rest, too! Rest fuels the body so we can run better all week :).

Bring on the marathon training - woohooo!

RunningLaur said...

haha, I love how it's 'tough but fun' - we have silly ideas of fun! enjoy training!

Angela Wilson said...

I have an entry of this event that I'm selling at a discount to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

http://tnt-fundraiser.blogspot.com/

Julie D. said...

Marlene, this marathon and training cycle is YOURS. You are amazing when it comes to both. KILL it and congrats on a great 2010!!!

macnic said...

Good luck in all of your training. Mississauga is my goal half marathon and I hope to train with half of your enthusiasm!

dietitianontherun.com said...

Well, we were clearly on the same wave-length today! ;) Aside from the whole "17 miler" thing...

heh, here's to successful, injury-free training!

Char said...

It sounds like a challenging program - but you seem up to a good challenge. You'll do great!

Heidi said...

Wow, that's quite the ambitious plan there. Look forward to seeing how you do with it. You certainly have redemption coming your way. Good luck!

ajh said...

Will love following your journey as always!

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Oooh...I LOVE the start of a new training cycle :) Good luck!! Can't wait to follow your training!

Kim said...

You're going to do great!

Richelle said...

Wow, you're training plan is impressive! I can't wait to read what your goals are for this year.

Meg said...

I love those changes in your new training cycle. I'm going to try a few of those. Especially the pace work! Happy New Year!

lindsay said...

what is with these training plans starting with day off/xt? sounds kind of cheaty... ;)

geaux maurlene!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Sounds like a plan for a massive performance gain! Best of luck!

Tara said...

Sounds like you got yourself a great plan! I love having the week start with a rest/x-training day :)

Wifey said...

Looking forward to following your journey and cheering you on. I know you're going to ROCK it!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Mel-2nd Chances said...

THis race will be yours, to let your secret out!!

the dawn said...

wow...7 days of exercising. you are AMAZING. you are going to kill that marathon!