So I spent the good part of my day looking through various marathon training plans. Only to come back to Hal Higdon’s Novice one…that I have had bookmarked for YEARS. I figured the longest training run I would be doing would be at least 22 or 23 miles, but pretty much all of the novice plans I found, maxed out at 20 miles. It just seems like, ya, 20 miles is a LOT, but I feel like, you are “hitting the wall” around mile 20, so I would think you would want a couple training runs that are closer to 26 miles than 20, no? What is your longest training run??
I figure since this really is going to be my first full marathon that I’m actually training for, I should go with the novice plan. I decided on the novice 2 plan just because I have been running for a while and by the time I start my training, I’ll have a few 1/2 marathons under my belt just this year. And training should start about the middle of June. Oh man. That is 2 months away, but it is going to come FAST! Especially with the training and 2 halves I have in May…
Here is Hal Higdon’s novice 2 plan that I think I’m gonna go with…
|1||Rest||3 m run||5 m pace||3 m run||Rest||8||Cross|
|2||Rest||3 m run||5 m run||3 m run||Rest||9||Cross|
|3||Rest||3 m run||5 m pace||3 m run||Rest||6||Cross|
|4||Rest||3 m run||6 m pace||3 m run||Rest||11||Cross|
|5||Rest||3 m run||6 m run||3 m run||Rest||12||Cross|
|6||Rest||3 m run||6 m pace||3 m run||Rest||9||Cross|
|7||Rest||4 m run||7 m pace||4 m run||Rest||14||Cross|
|8||Rest||4 m run||7 m run||4 m run||Rest||15||Cross|
|9||Rest||4 m run||7 m pace||4 m run||Rest||Rest||Half Marathon|
|10||Rest||4 m run||8 m pace||4 m run||Rest||17||Cross|
|11||Rest||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||Rest||18||Cross|
|12||Rest||5 m run||8 m pace||5 m run||Rest||13||Cross|
|13||Rest||5 m run||5 m pace||5 m run||Rest||19||Cross|
|14||Rest||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||Rest||12||Cross|
|15||Rest||5 m run||5 m pace||5 m run||Rest||20||Cross|
|16||Rest||5 m run||4 m pace||5 m run||Rest||12||Cross|
|17||Rest||4 m run||3 m run||4 m run||Rest||8||Cross|
|18||Rest||3 m run||2 m run||Rest||Rest||2 m run||Marathon|
Not gonna lie, one of those shorter runs in the middle of the week, will probably turn into cross training…or I will at least add a cross training class in there with the run. I can’t miss out on strike and strength for 18 weeks!!! That, and Wednesdays will most likely be my rest days instead of Mondays. Two reasons: 1. strike is on Monday, so I can do a run and strike on Mondays; and 2. Wednesdays I have Bible study, so that being my rest day just works out better. So am I even following Hal’s training plan?! 😉
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So there, that’s whats up in my world. 🙂
What is one of your favorite cross training workouts?
Have you ever used weighted bars or the Activmotion bars to workout??