“A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” – Emil Zatopek
I never knew I would be running my second marathon so soon. I always thought I would be taking 6 months or a year off before I started training for a big race. But when your race registration fee is sponsored (paid for), you just go for it!
I enter alot of giveaways online to win things for free. As you know or don’t know, depending on whether you follow me on twitter or Instagram, I won a free race entry into the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon (the race is on May 3rd). I did so by entering a twitter competition where Shannon Hunter asked her twitter followers to tell her their favourite part of the race course. Since I have never being to Pittsburgh or ran the Pittsburgh marathon before, I answered by saying that I was looking forward to running across the 5 bridges on marathon day.
When Shannon (a runner) announced on her twitter page that I had won, I couldn’t believe it 🙂 She picked my entry out of the others.
While May 2015 is 5 months away, I am starting to realise how soon that is. 2015 is almost here. I will have to start training for my 2nd marathon soon.
Here are my training options:
Who I will run with –
1) run diligently on my own; and/or
2) find some friends to run with such as with running stores like Columbus Running Company or Fleet Feet Sports Columbus.
***I’m still thinking of signing up with Run Fit Running Club b/c they have certified running coaches and in 2015 they will be partnering with sports medicine professionals for events like physical therapy and injury prevention workshops. Their marathon training plan for 2015 (Jan. – May) is $90 and they provide a training schedule. If I decide to run with them, I would still use my Hanson’s Marathon method plan. But,it would still be great to train with this Columbus group as a way to keep myself accountable.
I choose option number 4 (find a training plan) by buying the Hanson’s method book. I’ll also incorporate running with other people and by myself (options 1 and 2 above). I’ll also incorporate option 5 by using the Nike Training Club (NTC) app for strength training workouts.
I choose not to use the Nike+ (plus) running app because I don’t like running with my phone and that’s the only way I can track my runs with Nike+. Also, the Nike+ training program (which is free) was too difficult for me when I used it this summer.
I don’t own a Nike GPS Sportswatch so that’s why I have to run with my phone. Next year, I will no longer have to run with my iPhone. I will finally start wearing a heart rate monitor sports watch that doesn’t require a heart rate chest strap. I will be using the Mio Alpha Heart Rate Sports Watch. Ray at DC RainMaker blog wrote a review about this heart rate monitor watch. Read it here. I just realized that the Mio sports watch unfortunately does not track mileage so I will just start writing down how many miles I run or maybe I’ll save money to buy a Garmin, TomTom, or Nike Sports Watch.
I’m super excited to start using a sports watch (heart rate monitor) and the good news is, I got the watch for free (more on this later). Okay, I got sidetracked there. Back to my marathon training plan for Pittsburgh….
I was super excited to receive my book 🙂 I’ll probably stay up late reading it this whole week. The book is decided into 3 parts:
Part 1 – The Approach (training philosophy)
Part 2 – The Program (program components, training plans, modifications)
Part 3 – The Strategy (nutrition and hydration, race tactics, marathon gear, etc)
Hansons Marathon Method has a beginner and advanced plan. Both plans are 18 weeks long. Week one is this week but there is no running until Thursday, New Year’s Day (January 1st, 2015).
I choose the Hanson training plan because I was intrigued when I read online that the marathon training program has a max long run of 16 miles. Meaning, you only run 16 miles as the highest training run whereas most marathon runners run 20 miles or 30km when training. I also haphazardly choose the Hanson plan because I needed a plan soon and I didn’t want to wait until 2015.
I agree with running less miles during training to prevent the body from getting injured. Even though a marathon is 26.2 miles doesn’t mean you have to run 20 miles one day when training.
I’ll most likely change this training program to suit my needs and I may end up just training 16 weeks instead of 18 weeks. I will have to really delve into my schedule in the next week to figure everything out. Running this week will be a bit tough since I’m traveling to Chicago for a friend’s wedding on January 3rd.
I’m excited to focus more on speed workouts, strength workouts, & and tempo runs during my marathon training next year. My goal in 2015 is to do more speed and hill training workouts in order to become a faster distance runner.
What training plan do you follow when training for a half or full marathon?
Have you ran with Hanson’s Marathon Method before? If so, how did you like it?