The themes of marathon training for 2014 are nutrition, a little bit of speed work, and a whole lot of fun!
Since I ran my first marathon in December 2013 I have tried to keep my long run miles up a little bit. I have done a couple of 15 milers, a half marathon, and an 18 miler. I don’t want to start training for the Newport Marathon (May 31st) at the beginning of a training plan. Especially since I hope to break my time of 4:40, and even 4:30. I want to use this time to get stronger and faster.
All that said, I am already following this plan below, and I am going to try to continue this. So far my body feels good, and my energy levels feel good too. I am turning 40 in a few days, so I am no spring chicken! But I will say that at 40, I feel more fit that I ever have in my life.
I am going to try to keep up one long run a month (18ish) until April, with the other weekends being 10-15 mile long runs and I will train like usual with a couple of 20 milers and probably a 22 or 23 miler. My midweek runs are already at what I’d like them to be at, 2 @ 8 miles, 1 @ 5 miles, 1 shakeout run before my weekend long run, and 3-4 easy miles the day after my weekend long run. I have been incorporating one day of speedwork also.
The other aspect of my training is nutrition. I generally try to eat whole foods, no gluten, and very few grains. I eat a Paleo-ish diet. I eat pretty clean 80% of the time. I have lots of stomach problems so it is very important for me to remain healthy and to eat foods for fueling. My body always lets me know when I get off track. It’s a constant struggle, but I am determined to stay well. I have been a little lax in my diet in the past few months, so I am going to tighten up my nutrition and see if that helps my running too. I plan to write more about nutrition and to gain more skill in my cooking. I love to cook anyway, so this will be a fun challenge for me!
All in all, I am excited for 2014 running.