This is going to be my most intense marathon training cycle yet… so I need to focus on keeping myself in the game as much as possible. To help me prepare motivation strategies, I’ve been reading The Runner’s Brain, a Runner’s World book by Dr Jeff Brown, and one of the main takeaways I’ve had is to fully immerse yourself into running.
And as a result, the blog is back! Weekly round ups of my training, plus the odd ad-hoc post, including what I’ve experienced in training or something I’ve learned that I want to share. That’s if I can keep it up, anyway!
The idea is, this training blog will help keep me accountable to my training, but also hopefully provide you with some motivation and takeaway tips. I guess we’ll see! So, here it is… blog part 1, aka. the intro!
The Marathon Training Plan
After a lot of deliberation, I chose to follow Hanson’s Marathon Method for my marathon training plan this time around. Not only have I seen friends achieve great success with the plan, but I also realised that my fastest race times* were set just over a month after doing 25 continuous days of running – a relatively high mileage month, comprised of plenty of easy pace runs. I haven’t come anywhere near those times – my 10k and half marathon times – since. Even when I got my most recent marathon PB. So for me, this dictated a change in tact from the training I’d adopted for Brighton 2019.
I have many other reasons for deciding this was the plan for me, from my research into the options, but I’ll touch on those as training progresses!
* fastest in comparison to each other and the clear outliers in my performance.
Giving up CrossFit
Firstly, you may have seen me say on my Instagram, but I’ve taken the decision to give up CrossFit while I train for Manchester 2020. This was a hard decision, and one I’ll be making quite big sacrifices in my progress for. But it’s a decision that I think will give me the best chances of finally achieving my marathon goal. However, to keep up an element of strength, and to avoid injury, I’ve enlisted the help of Brad Welch, aka. @bw_commandofitness to help me with my weaknesses and to keep my body functioning as it needs to cope with increased mileage.
Coming up for Week One
With 6 runs for a total of 38 miles in week one, I’m certainly straight in at the deep end! But I’m not going to kill myself to get this plan done, and I firmly believe in listening to my body. For example, if I need to skip a run, or shorten it, then I will. This is a lot of mileage, and if I can keep to 80% compliance, then I’ll be extremely happy. On top of that, I have 3 strength sessions planned for me by Brad, and a mobility focus session too, which I’ll probably schedule in on my rest day.
Juggling it all
One of my pet hates in the health and fitness world is when people say “we all have the same number of hours in the day”. Yes, everyone has 24 hours in each day on this planet. But mine and your 24 hours might look completely different to someone else’s.
For example; I’m out of the house from around 7:15am to 6:15pm, +/- 30 mins or so on an average day. That’s 11 hours out of 24 taken up with work, commuting and “dead time” that can only be spent reading or meditating, at best. Add to that the 8 hours recommended sleep time, 1 hour or so for cooking/eating, 30 mins for basic hygiene, 30 mins for housework/prep for work, and the 2 hours per day I’m supposed to be studying for me Open University degree… all of a sudden I’m up to 23 hours. That’s not even mentioning time to spend with family/friends, or just to THINK!
Take away 3 hours of a daily commute, for example, and a healthy lifestyle seems that much more manageable, right?
Wedging exercise, let along marathon training, into a hectic life isn’t always easy. But I’m trying to make it work and I’m aiming to show you how good planning and a few tweaks to your normal day may make it more manageable.
So let’s go!
That’s it for now… just a bit of an introduction to what I’m planning. I’ll follow up with a summary of week one of training later… but for more regular updates on how things are going, make sure you’re following me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
If there’s anything in particular you want me to cover in the blog, please let me know by dropping a comment below, and feel free to ask questions!
What I’m Wearing
Kit kindly gifted to me by Sports Direct Running.