Well as Easter looms, so does the start of my marathon planning. A little frustrated as I was with My Asics plans previously I have decided to download their marathon plan for the inaugural Gloucester marathon on August 7.
I am going to give this my BEST SHOT! Why? Because I am clearly insane, but I think as a runner you need to be insane! It helps!
Earlier in the week I tweeted the organisers if I had the option to defer, which luckily I do, so If I am floored with sleepless nights/illness I can take that option as a final resort. But I don’t want to. I want to get this damn race done and prove to myself, by hook or crook, that I can run the entire 26.2, or run/walk, or crawl, or whatever it frigging takes to get over the frigging line. That could be attaching myself by blades to a much faster runner of course, or a bus a l’a Frank Specer.
My Asics constructs your personalised plan by working out how fast you can say run a HM, and then calculates your training plan and predicted time to complete the distance, for the full marathon its saying 5:06 for me – I would be VERY happy with that! So let’s see!
So, the training starts on Easter Monday… and the first stage is the pre-conditioning stage, 4 runs in that week at ‘jogging’ pace, 14:10/mile? WTF? I am definitely not doing that slow pace but my normal 11:00 min/mile pace – see I have broken the rules already. Then the following weeks it gives you x 3 runs a week, in the ‘Getting Faster’ stage. This is quite manageable, with a planned strength training, yoga stretch out and ad-hoc sports massage to keep me going. There are further stages after that but I am taking this huge leap in training in manageable chunks.
Have to get my weight down (she says putting down a flapjack) – to run better than I am… so that’s my next biggie to look at. I may share my recipes details on my runners page on FB.. if the members want to see that? I may get black-balled.
Finally, I wanted to wish everyone a very happy Easter break, religious or not, hope that is is peaceful and a happy one that you spend with your families. It always brings happy memories back of me and my brother munching on our chocolate watching the Pink Panther…. happy days!
I’ll be back to blog my progress on my marathon plan, here we go! BB xx