After two weeks “off”, it’s time to return to distance running training! For my first marathon, I used the Hanson’s marathon method, which worked pretty well for me, but this time around I’m looking at other options. First, because I want to incorporate cross training, as I discussed in my last post due to some lofty goals I have for next year, and Hanson’s doesn’t leave much time for or recommend cross training. Second, because now that season is here, my work schedule has become much more demanding and I probably won’t have 6 days a week to dedicate to running. That being said, I recently purchased two books on marathon training, Daniels’ Running Formula and Advanced Marathoning to take a look at some other training plan options. I came across this really cool website, Fellrnr, which has a comparison of most of the major marathon training plans on the market right now.
According to Fellrnr, the best marathon training plans for me would be either the FIRST Training Method or the Daniels’ Running method, and I’m leaning towards Daniels after reading the book. (I wish I had come across this website prior to training for my first marathon! While I don’t regret using Hansons and would probably use it again in the future, I like how he breaks it down as to which methods are most beneficial for which type of runner). I particularly enjoy speedwork, have limited training time this cycle, plan to focus on multiple sports, am hoping for a sub-5 time and fall into what the website classifies as the ‘Ringer’ category, otherwise known as a person who’s run one marathon but has lots of experience and success racing other distances.
Anyway, enough about that stuff, let’s get down to the good stuff: my return to training last week!
Sunday, November 12: No run, took the day off to enjoy not having to wake up early to run.
Monday, November 13: This was my last day of an actual training “break” in terms of running, but I did take a CrossFit class and here’s the workout we did:
5-5-5-5-5 Back Squats (75# weight)
- 3 rounds of:
- 10 DUBS (double unders) or 20 singles
- 15 wall balls, 10# ball
- 15 leg raises
- 20 push ups
- 200m sprint
- 20 sit ups
My legs felt dead after that workout.
Tuesday, November 14: This was the first day I got back to running! I really enjoyed coming out to the RunTampa group run to hang with my running buddies again. It was fun and it’s always a great route. I ended up with 4.2 miles tonight. Even though my legs were pretty sore from yesterday, I felt relatively good while running!
Wednesday, November 15: Originally I planned on going to CrossFit again today, but I opted for another rest day after waking up feeling like my legs would still fall off.
Thursday, November 16: Today was a pretty rough day work wise; an employee of mine quit with no notice leaving us extremely short handed for the holiday weekend this weekend! I don’t understand why people can’t be mature and respectful and give their two weeks notice…it’s not hard to finish out your time at a place of employment, even if you don’t like the job. I know because I did it when I worked at Lowe’s. Anyway, all I have to say is karma is a Bitch with a capital B and I hope I’m around to see this person get theirs! I went for a run with the UTC RunClub tonight and am really glad I did…it was good to get out with my old running crew and run the stress off. We had fun- even though we practically threw up a ton of bugs running around the lake!
Friday, November 17: This morning I did another CrossFit class, but I modified it somewhat to not include so many squats due to having a 5k race the following morning! Today’s workout:
5-5-5-5-5 Push Press, 35# to start, then 55# for the last two sets
- AMRAP for 9:00
- 15 DUBS, or 20 singles
- 5 Sumo DeadLift High Pull, 18# kettlebell
- 7 KB swings (Russian style, 18#)
- 9 Ring Rows
Saturday, November 18: I went to the Game Day 5k to promote Fit2Run and also ended up running the race. I went in not expecting much because I hadn’t run much the last few weeks since the marathon. I was pleasantly surprised when I managed to hold an 8:53 pace for the first mile, and it was after that that I decided to go for it. I knew if I could hang onto that pace for the next two miles I would be able to PR. I focused on my breathing so I wouldn’t get a side stitch- even though it was cool in the morning, it got hotter as the race went on and there was no shade along the route. Shortly after the two mile turnaround I ran into one of my seasonal runners who spends the summers up north and the winters in my hometown. We made a deal to not let each other slow down and she told me if I was feeling it I should go because I looked strong. I stayed with her until the final quarter mile then sped up. It was definitely a struggle at the end, but I held the pace and finished in 28:01! My previous personal best was at the Jingle 5k last year and was 29:10 so this was a good minute faster! It also gained me a 2nd place AG award- my first ever in a road race! I was really happy about that.
This week was a good intro back into running. By Tuesday, I was ready to get back out there. I think taking 10 days off post marathon was a pretty smart thing because it gave me some much needed rest and I gradually eased back into running.
How long did you take off post marathon? What marathon training plans have you used?