Up for the Challenge

Not the challenge of being for a solo parent for 2.5 weeks and counting, or traveling across the country with baby in tow for a business trip. Nope, I’m talking about the Runner’s World Marathon Challenge.

After years of seeing the fall marathon issue, I finally had a fall marathon to train for. It also happened that I received some birthday cash at that same time. I decided it couldn’t hurt to get a professional training plan and some pointers along the way.

Training commences on June 25th. Now I just need to decide which plan I want to follow. I’d love to dive into the 4 hour marathon plan because that’s right at my pace right now. It starts with a 9 mile long run and a 25 mile week. My only hang up is that for the past nearly three weeks my running has been totally out of whack. With Josh gone and the heat, I’ve been running maybe 10-15 miles/week. I’m worried that if I dive into a plan that starts with a 25 mile week that I’m asking for injury.

The 4:30/beginner type plans all start with long runs of 5 miles. I hate to drop that low when I’m still rocking double digits once a week.

Thoughts or suggestions?

I’m trying to figure out when the three people who responded to my request for a training partner and I can get together for a trial run. It is amazing how difficult it is to work with everyone’s schedules. I’m just glad that I’m done with work travel for the next several months!

2 thoughts on “Up for the Challenge

  1. Exciting! I think if you are paying for the challenge that you could email one of the organizers for insight. That said, my inclination would be to ramp up mileage this week, see how you feel and go from there. If you can do the 9-mile long run, you could tweak the weekday runs a bit, gradually building to where you should be over the course of a couple weeks.

    P.S. This might be uber stalkerish but I have 12 on my plan the weekend that I’ll be in Boulder/Louisville. If you need/want a partner on July 1, email me!

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