June 10, 2014

Training Plan for Richmond Marathon

If you follow our Facebook page, you know that I was diligently working on my marathon training plan on Sunday night.  See, I kept my promise?!  Insert smug smile here. 

Anyways, back to the plan.  I'm a little excited and a little nervous to start training.  I don't start training right away as I'm 23 weeks out from the marathon and my true training won't begin until mid-July, which puts me 18 weeks out.  So let's look at this training plan, shall we?

Training Plan Basis
* Paces are based on those from Run Less, Run Faster.
* Tempo and speed workouts are from Run Less, Run Faster.
* Long run mileage is from Hal Higdon.

What's the same from past training cycles?
* Incorporates 2-20 mile training runs.
* Includes 3 days of running per week (I only broke this rule training for Dopey when back-to-back runs were crucial).
* Focuses on quality cross-training 2 days per week.
* Cut back weeks after long mileage the previous week.

What's new?
* I'll include speed work for this training cycle. 
* No pressure to do back-to-back runs like with Dumbo Double Dare and Dopey Challenge.
* Pace-based long runs.
* Weeknight tempo runs that will flirt in the 7-10 mile zone, which is longer than previous tempo runs.

Any tips for a successful marathon training cycle?


  1. Sounds like a great plan! I'm a 'only runs 3 days a week girl' too. You are going to do great!

  2. I find it so interesting how training plans vary by so much. I've always done 3 days a week of running for marathon training because a) that's really all my body likes to do and b) I don't love running enough to do more than that! There was a training plan in Runner's World this month that had 6 days of running! I could never do that!

    I'm going to try to incorporate a little speed work into my marathon training this round too, but I think that's partially going to depend on if I can find an inexpensive gym to join at the Cape and then back at home since I just can't manage to do speed work not on a treadmill!

  3. I can remember when you started your plan for the MCM and you had your calendar nd where all color coded. I thought wow, this gal is intense. Now I know why! You are going to do great Christine!

  4. Good luck with your plans! I've never actually followed a marathon training plan myself, unless you count my dad who occasionally coach's me:) But a lot of people seem to like them and enjoy their race training with them, so maybe it makes the training process more fun:)

  5. Good luck. If i ever run a marathon, I'll ask you for advice.

  6. Sounds like a great plan!! Good luck!

  7. i love that you are also doing RLRF -- i'm excited but nervous about the paces!

  8. Your plan looks like a lot of research went into it! I know you'll rock it all. Good luck- and thanks for joining our Tuesdays on the Run link-up!

  9. Good luck with your training, Christine. I started my Chicago training yesterday...Higdon Intermediate Plan with a focus on pace runs...but it is a five-day-per-week schedule (which I've prepared for over the last month and a half).

  10. I'll be following closely, Girl! My training for WDW Marathon starts in September, and I'm determined to make my 4th marathon my best yet. I've got the Run Less, Run Faster book and now I think I'll have to pull it back out and see what I can use! It's so exciting being at the beginning of a new training cycle! Feels like the first day of school!

  11. I have Run Less, Run Faster on the floor underneath my bedside table. I might crack it open on my flight to Seattle next week. Reading it without distractions might be just the thing.

  12. Sounds like a great plan! The only part of Run Less Run Faster that I'm not sold on is the pace suggestions for the long run. I'm so used to the long run being a long SLOW run that pushing the pace has been difficult for me. Thanks for linking up with us for Tuesdays on the Run!!

  13. Awesome news Christine! Congrats on getting your plan in place! You are going to rock this marathon! I actually have Hal Higdon's book and Run Less Run Faster on hold on the library. Can't wait to read them.

  14. Sounds like a great plan to me, Christine!! :D You're going to have an awesome season!

  15. I plan on using RLRF for MCM training too but I'm a little overwhelmed by the thought of 6 20 mile runs....eek! I am going to have to sit down and tweak it a little myself. Your plan sounds great!