Interested or Committed?

As the new year fast approaches, I have been hearing lots of chatter amongst runners about what 2012 will bring.  There is a lot of peer pressure encouragement of some to make this the year to attempt the marathon distance.  So, in case this is YOU and you are feeling the pressure, let’s just break it down a bit so you can decide if you want to commit.  There is a big difference between loving to run and committing to a marathon.  I certainly don’t want anyone to lose the love for running because of peer pressure committing to a marathon.  

  • Most Training plans are 18 weeks
  • If you are “thinking” of running the 2012 Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2012, training will start the week of June 4th.
  • 18 weeks is a LONG time to train, if you keep a 10 mile base, you can jump into the beginner plan at week 5 and make it a 13 week training plan, thus commencing the week of July 2nd.
  • You CANNOT skip the long runs.
  • You will be tired and hungry.
  • Your social life will suffer from lack of alcohol early bedtimes.
  • You will be proud each week as your mileage increases.
  • You will be in disbelief that although you crawled to your car barely made it back last week that you managed another mile or 2 “this” week.
  • You will learn to love ice baths.
  • You will get acquainted with Toe Protectors.
  • You will learn about nutrition and what your body needs to recover.
  • You WILL be able to run 26.2 on October 7th even though you will never have covered that distance previous to that day.
  • You may cry, hyperventilate, vomit, crap your pants have to make a pit stop, get chub rub, lose a toe nail or three …..but you will never be prouder than crossing the finish line.
  • You will swear that you will NEVER run another marathon.
  • You will be on the start line with all your friends on October 6, 2013. 
 
Here is the Hal Higdon Beginner Marathon training plan.  I don’t know many people who would need to start at this point, but it’s an option.    Check out Hal Higdon’s site  HERE to browse his other options, or just show up and run what I run and you’ll get there. 
 
Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun

1

Rest

3 m run

3 m run

3 m run

Rest

6

cross

2

Rest

3 m run

3 m run

3 m run

Rest

7

cross

3

Rest

3 m run

4 m run

3 m run

Rest

5

cross

4

Rest

3 m run

4 m run

3 m run

Rest

9

cross

5

Rest

3 m run

5 m run

3 m run

Rest

10

cross

6

Rest

3 m run

5 m run

3 m run

Rest

7

cross

7

Rest

3 m run

6 m run

3 m run

Rest

12

cross

8

Rest

3 m run

6 m run

3 m run

Rest

Rest

Half Marathon

9

Rest

3 m run

7 m run

4 m run

Rest

10

cross

10

Rest

3 m run

7 m run

4 m run

Rest

15

cross

11

Rest

4 m run

8 m run

4 m run

Rest

16

cross

12

Rest

4 m run

8 m run

5 m run

Rest

12

cross

13

Rest

4 m run

9 m run

5 m run

Rest

18

cross

14

Rest

5 m run

9 m run

5 m run

Rest

14

cross

15

Rest

5 m run

10 m run

5 m run

Rest

20

cross

16

Rest

5 m run

8 m run

4 m run

Rest

12

cross

17

Rest

4 m run

6 m run

3 m run

Rest

8

cross

18

Rest

3 m run

4 m run

2 m run

Rest

Rest

Marathon

I personally adapt a version of his advanced plan and then fit in what I can.  I would be running more than this on the weekends but never rarely fit in all the miles during the week.  I also am a big proponent of rest days.  After I run a 20 miler, I will rest, not run a 3 mile recovery run on Sunday or Monday.   This may be why I will never BQ but my body needs that.  I do it for fitness and to push my limits.  This means that some days I walk cuz I feel like it need it.  I will probably walk some during the marathon, especially if it’s hot.  My personal goal is to cross the finish line. I know others have more concrete goals and that is okay but this is an excruciating difficult distance for me so an accomplishment in itself.  I know it’s much easier for some than others and I hope it’s easy for you.

Look thru the training plan here, browse the net a bit, and then make your own decision as to whether you want to commit.  As with anything, if you want it, you and only you have to MAKE IT HAPPEN.    I’ve made my decision, how about you?

Happy Running,                                                                                                                  Amanda – TooTallFritz

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14 thoughts on “Interested or Committed?

  1. I am using this plan to prepare for a half marathon! I WILL be calling on you for some TTF advice & encouragement!! I will need all the help I can get!! Committed- YES

    • Awesome, April! I know you can do it! And there will be lots of training going on while you need to be putting in your miles. I added you to the Frankfort Running Club FB page, have you been over there to visit?

      • Oh Yes I have!! I read EVERYTHING on there!!! Just trying to get past this bronchitis (almost there) to start the running!!! I am excited to get back on track again! Napa will be here before I know it!!!! Thanks for all your words of encouragement!!! Your posts, blog & comments are really inspiring to a novice like me!! 🙂

  2. Dude…you had me til icebath! LOL! Not sure about crapping my pants or losing my toenails either. I think I’ll stick to the 1/2 marathon distance and P90X! Whoot whoo!

  3. Sara – I did some editing for you on your comment and got rid of the 2nd comment to eliminate the “trail”. LOL!

    I put a few things in here that happen to “some” people, but obviously not all. I certainly hope I never crap my pants either but it’s an obvious hazard. The science behind that is that the blood flow the stomach and the intestines slow during running in order to support other organs which are needed more. Running kinda throws the body into a crisis mode. Some people are obviously able to adapt better than others. :o)

  4. Love your blog Amanda! I want to get to a mini before I could even fathom a full Marathon. I think I am trying to run too much…I usually run 5 days a week and then add other workouts on top of it. I can run 5, but I am struggling adding to it. I’m also still trying to lose 22 pounds, chase 5 kids, and work a full time job…ugh.

    • Hollie – Hal Higdon has training plans for half marathons too. As for the family, work life, I totally understand that too. I think running 5 days a week, plus other workouts on top of life, is probably alot. I know you want to get rid of the baby weight and you will. Watch your cals, drink your water, and maintain the workouts and it will be gone before you know it. Don’t forget you need rest days too. Us moms aren’t getting the sleep that some get and we don’t recover as quickly because of it. We need to improvise. Try running 3 days, do strength/zumba/whatever 2 days, then rest 2 days. Make sure ONE of your run days, you go a little longer than you normally would. So run 4 miles two of those day, then try a 6 miler on the third run day. You just increase your “long run” mileage in small increments over a period of time and you will be up to 10 miles for a long run before you know it……and then you can run a mini! Are you going to sign up for Fort 4 Fitness for 2012? DO IT!

  5. Ya…Frogger already committed when registration open for Boston…I’m in Ooh-Rah for a 4th straight time! I guess I run Chicago again next year, but Chicago always a mixed-bag and rarely do my best there…Boston be where I run my best marathons…believe it or not. So…I guess that means I B committed (or should be committed to insane asylum-LOL).

    Ya…Higdon got a nice basic plan can work for most folks that just want to finish a marathon. Galloway does some good plans and he big advocate of run-walk…which I have used one time in my life at Little Rock Marathon and did quite well in low 4-hr finish time and the first time I didn’t encounter the figurative wall. So…run-walk can work quite nicely for someone that just wants to finish. And…ya can do run-walk and run some pretty fast marathons cause there are some examples of runners that finish in 3 or slightly under 3 hours using it. Ain’t that cool!

    Only disagree with one point…the recovery run….it can go a long way to speeding recovery in aftermath of hard long-runs or even the day after running your marathon. Just got to know what recovery pace is for you the individual. For me…its 10:30 to 12:00 pace based on 8:00 marathon pace. And…it works nicely to go out and do 2-3 miles real slow the day after the marathon. Elites do it all the time. It works….! Of course…ya can also go out and ride some miles on the bike and get a similar recovery effect…..The basic premise is to keep the intensity of the exercise so low it adds no trauma to muscles but promotes faster circulation to remove all those bad break-down products in the leg muscle tissues far faster than just resting or laying round. Try it some time after one of those long-runs that drain ya and then tell me if ya notice you back to your former self far quicker than “resting.”

    Great post TTF…ya got a lot of smiles and chuckles out of me reading that laundry list of yours at the beginning. Keep it up TTF….rest of ya Go 4 It as Katherine Switzer likes to say….whatever you want to commit to in 2012…just do it…leave the interests behind…..dream….commit…believe!

    Peace 2 ya all, Frogger

    • Frogger – my day off after a long run is as much about the family as it is anything else. I have to make compromises that aren’t necessarily the best for training but are good for the family. If I got out after a long run on the following day then I need to take Michael in the jogger to give hubby a break. That only works if the weather is co-operating….or if we aren’t traveling, etc. Usually during the summer, Sunday is boating day so I can’t run b/c we take the boat and go, go, go. It can’t be all running all the time for me or the family frowns. Gotta keep everyone as happy as possible.

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