JJ and I registered for the Chicago Marathon (10.9.2011) and I spent most of today’s lunch break looking at various training plans. I looked at Hal Higdon’s plans; SmartCoach at Runner’s World; the FIRST “Run Less, Run Faster” plan too.
I read a little on the Runner’s World forums, some other training articles, trying to learn what to do to run 26.2 miles successfully. This will be my third marathon and my goal really is to beat my previous time – 4:40:40 in 2008.
Even though I’m not registered for any triathlons (yet), I do still enjoy cycling (and sometimes swimming). I don’t want ‘marathon training’ consume my summer. I like the concept of Run Less, Run Faster in that I just have to run 3x a week. The two mid-week runs are hard and the long run I’ll plan to do on Sundays. This gives me 2 other days for cycling and/or swimming and a rest day.
So. 18 weeks to go.
And I started today. The plan called for a 2 mile warm up, 2 miles at a short tempo pace, and a 2 mile cool down. I ran a 10:06 pace for the warm up; 9:06 pace for the tempo; averaged 11:32 pace for the cool down. It was HOT. I walked about a 1/4 mile during the cool down. I also didn’t remember drinking any water today – not a good thing.