So recently I’ve been talking to people about my upcoming marathon. Because if you have a marathon coming up, that’s just what you do whether people want to hear about it or not.
And a question I have been getting a lot is “What training plan are you using?”
Yeeeeeah about that.
I’m kinda, sorta, not exactly using a training plan for my marathon. Well I AM, but it’s not one that was put together by any legitimate sources. The sources in this case are me, myself, and I.
I know quite a few people that are training for a full right now and they regularly check in with my online groups with comments like “Week 3 of marathon training complete!” and I’m over here like “Yeah I’m running a marathon!” with no idea what day my training is going to start…or maybe it’s started already, but I have no clue what day or even week I’m on. Then I panic thinking that this is something I should care about and buy a book on it that I will never read.
Let me make an attempt at explaining myself so that everyone doesn’t think I’m a total dumbass. Because sometimes I feel like a total dumbass when I read other peoples’ marathon training check ins.
I trained for my half last year without consulting a training plan. I know, I know. That’s not a full marathon. But it’s also not like I was just going out there and running with nary an idea in my head. Okay maybe at first I was, but after doing research about different kinds of training runs, I established my own routine that right now could be described this way, though some days I’m just “going for a run” because I don’t always need to name everything. Unless it’s a car…those always need names.
Salt’s “Training” Plan
- Monday: Tempo or Fartlek (7 miles)
- Tuesday: Speed (5 miles)
- Wednesday: Cross train (Bike & yoga)
- Thursday: Tempo or Farlek (Depends on location – 5-6 miles)
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: Long (with longer/shorter alternating weeks and gradually increased mileage)
- Sunday: Yoga
I also work in core, arms, and abs on various days in the evening after my daughter goes to bed depending on what I have time for.
Anyway, I wondered how my plan would be altered after my half was over and the answer is…it wasn’t. This had become such a comfortable, dependable, easily flexible routine for me and I was seeing results from it in gradually increased mileage and speed. I’ve gone through books, magazines, and websites on marathon training and every plan that I’ve looked at does not fit my unpredictable life schedule the same way that this does, so why change anything?
I’m just under 4 months out which means that if I were starting from scratch on a training plan, I should probably start now. Instead, tomorrow morning I’m going to add in an extra mile and go out for my longest run to date, not because a training plan is telling me to, but because I want to.
The biggest goal I have for my by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach is that prior to my taper for May 25, I want to have two 20 milers under my belt and as of right now there’s plenty of time for that. I’ll worry about the last 6.2 on race day. I hear that’s the worst part anyway.
Have you ever run without a training plan? Do you think I’m insane? Do you name your vehicles? (My current car is named Blanche.)