Last night I hung the board up above my treadmill along with my two most meaningful medals from races. The medal on the left is from my first marathon, which I also ran to raise money as part of Team in Training, and the medal on the right is from the race where I ran my fastest half-marathon.
I'll probably be looking at this board a lot over the next few months as marathon training with a half-marathon in the mix for some more current race experience thrown in kicks off on Monday. Because I haven't run a full for a couple of years and because of where my conditioning is currently at I chose a Beginning Marathon Program in The Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training and made just a few tweaks to it. This plan calls for running 4 days a week most weeks and gives me the flexibility to attend a yoga class each week as well as the Belly Dance class that I am signed up to take later this month and next. Since several of you have asked about training, I'm sharing my plan here.
|1||3 mi||Yoga||Rest||4 mi||3 mi||Belly Dance||5 mi LSD||15 mi|
|2||3 mi||Yoga||Rest||3 mi||4 mi||Belly Dance||7 mi LSD||17 mi|
|3||3 mi||Yoga||Rest||4 mi||4 mi||Belly Dance||9 mi LSD||20 mi|
|4||Yoga||4 mi||Timed Mile||3 mi||4 mi||Belly Dance||7 mi LSD||19 mi|
|5||Rest||Yoga||4 mi||3 mi||Rest||5 mi||10 mi LSD||22 mi|
|6||Rest||4 mi||Rest||3 mi||5 mi||Yoga||12 mi LSD||24 mi|
|7||Rest||4 mi||Rest||4 mi||4 mi||Yoga||15 mi LSD||27 mi|
|8||Rest||4 mi||Rest||Rest||2 mi||Rest||San Diego Half-Marathon||19.1 mi|
|9||Rest||4 mi||Yoga||6 mi||Rest||4 mi||16 mi LSD||30 mi|
|10||Rest||4 mi||Yoga||6 mi||Rest||4 mi||18 mi LSD||32 mi|
|11||Rest||6 mi||Yoga||5 mi||Rest||5 mi||20 mi LSD||36 mi|
|12||Rest||7 mi||Timed Mile||7 mi||Yoga||7 mi||14 mi LSD||36 mi|
|13||Rest||6 mi||Yoga||7 mi||Rest||7 mi||20 mi LSD||40 mi|
|14||Rest||7 mi||Yoga||7 mi||Rest||7 mi||13 mi LSD||34 mi|
|15||Rest||5 mi||Yoga||4 mi||Rest||5 mi||10 mi LSD||24 mi|
|16||Rest||3 mi||Rest||4 mi||Rest||Rest||Vancouver Marathon||33.2 mi|
I plan to typically do speedwork on Thursdays and run most of the miles on those days as either part of tempo runs, progressive runs or 800 repeats. I'm also giving myself permission to ditch a few miles here and there during this training if some snow shoeing opportunities come along. I've heard it's a great workout and am keen to try it once we have more snow again.
Have you taken any dance classes? Are you training for a spring marathon or half-marathon?