Saturday, January 25, 2014

Brookings Marathon - May 3, 2014

It's goin dooooown, I'm yellin timber...

 

Sorry... nothing says excitement like Ke$ha.

I've talked about about this a little bit on here, I've been pretty cryptic everywhere else.  I am officially registered for my spring marathon in Brookings, SD.  

 

I'm four weeks into my training cycle and feeling great.  I am not following a specific plan like I did last time.  I've taken many resources, and pieced them together for my own plan.  

My plan is loosely based on this:

Marathon Training Schedule (Schedule II)

Week# Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Total
1 10 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 4 34
2 12 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 4 36
3 6 Rest 4 Rest 4 Rest 4 18
4 14 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 4 38
5 16 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 5 41
6 18 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 5 43
7 6 Rest 5 Rest 5 Rest 4 20
8 20 Rest 5 7 6 Rest 4 42
9 14 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 4 38
10 7 Rest 5 Rest 6 Rest 4 22
11 21 Rest 5 7 6 Rest 4 43
12 14 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 4 38
13 8 Rest 6 Rest 6 Rest 4 24
14 22-23 Rest 5 7 6 Rest 5 45-46
15 12 Rest 6 8 6 Rest 4 36
16 14 Rest 7 Rest 5 Rest 4 30
17 10 Rest 6 Rest 4 Rest 1-2 Opt. 20-22
18 26.2
Marathon
Rest Rest Rest Rest Rest Rest 26.2

Source: http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_sch_2.html


Check this site out, it has many great articles and resources.  My plan is more custom and I'm going on more a week to week basis in terms of determining my workouts.  I followed this mainly for the long run guide.

This January has been crazy mild in terms of Nebraska weather.  We've had no snow, just insane wind.  It's great to be able to sneak outside on clean, dry pavement on days it warms up and isn't a hurricane.  So, so far so good on that aspect.  I am aware that I do face the potential of doing some of these long runs on the treadmill due to the winter/spring aspect.  I will get myself a good movie to watch, and suck it up!

I've heard nothing but great things about Brookings and the course.  I'm really excited to run a new race.  I registered a few weeks ago, I was a little worried about it filling up quickly.  They only allow 300 in the marathon, and I believe the same in the half.  

This race means a lot to me for many reasons.  I pray for a successful training cycle that is injury free.  I've been craving the marathon since last August when I had to scrap Sioux Falls.  There were a lot of things that just didn't work in my favor at that point in time.  I have a different approach, and a little more faith this time.  Saturday, May 3, 2014 would have been my Grandma's 81st birthday.  Seems like a perfect day to run my first marathon.