The New Countdown

Today started the new countdown to my next marathon…

San Francisco!

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I am really excited to run the full in San Francisco again!  It was my first marathon in 2008 and now will be my 11th.  Getting to be a part of it as both an Ambassador and as a pacer for the training program is just another plus.  I love this race!


I have decided to go back to the Pfitzinger training program model from Advanced Marathoning for most of the year.  I just like his plans and they have served me well in the past.  Plus his “between marathon” schedules work well for me.

This week marks 12 weeks until the marathon, so I am going to base my training off of his 12 weeks between marathons program.  This allows time for proper recovery, but also uses the base that I had built up from the last training cycles. 

2011 SFM Training Plan

A couple things I am changing up for this cycle:

  • Saturday long runs: although I prefer doing my long runs on Sundays, I will be doing a majority of them with the SFM training group and they run on Saturdays!  I think it will be a great way to mix up my schedule a bit and give me some freedom on my weekends for the summer.  I will probably switch back to Sundays after SFM is over.
  • Monday runs: typically I rest on Mondays always, but this time I have put my rest day on Sundays.  I figure that it will give me flexibility for my summer weekends (as mentioned above) or I can be more flexible during the week with a rest day and then use Sunday as an alternate.
  • One day of speed: the Pfitz plans typically don’t do a track AND a tempo run during the week and this works well for me.  I got pretty burned out during Boston training trying to do both every week, so I like mixing it up and doing something I haven’t done in a while.  Then I can see if I want to continue with that after this cycle.

As always this training plan is not set in stone.  I will move things as need be and make alterations along the way if necessary.  I am excited for a bit of a change of pace from my last couple training plans!

I updated the “My Current Training” page to reflect this training cycle but kept a sub-page for my Boston Training.



If you haven’t signed up yet (or even if you have) and you are in the Bay Area, team lemon run club is having a SFM registration party THIS Tuesday, May 10th at 6pm!  You will receive a discount on race registration, a chance to win fun prizes, get to participate in our social run and have tons of fun (DJ, snacks, etc)!   

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14 Responses to The New Countdown

  1. Ari May 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Oh that’s so cool, how exciting! And wow, you sure do have to be organized to plan ahead huh! :)

  2. Nelly May 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Awesome! Your plan of using Pfiztinger sounds good, those guys training plans seem to work out well.

    This is my new target race (I’m supposed to do the San Diego half marathon on June 6th, but since I’m still injured I’m doubting that I’ll be able to do that race – we shall see). I’m only doing the 2nd half at SF, so I hopefully will be healthy for SF.

  3. Lacey May 10, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    lol i love it. all i can think of is that song “the final countdowwwwn” (do you watch or have you watched Arrested Development?? you must youtube “gob- final countdown”, he’s hilarious).

  4. Sarah @ The Pajama Chef May 10, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    i love doing long runs on saturdays and resting on sundays! it works really well for me with school and church. hope you enjoy it :)

  5. Emily May 10, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    a rest day on a weekend…something I would never think to do but I like it. I was just complaining to the rocketship this weekend about how much easier it is to fit my workouts in to the structured hours of the week. I would LOVE to just take Sundays off. Maybe after Lake Placid…

    Yayyyy new training schedule!

  6. the dawn May 10, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    i’m totally with you! i mean…i’m not currently training for a marathon, but the next time i do, i’m going back to my trusty pfitz plan. i seriously felt 100% prepared for the two marathons that i did after pete’s trusty plans. and i’ve decided that i see more improvements with the higher mileage and less speed/tempos. i tried to do the FIRST plan with speed and tempo each week, and i just couldn’t seem to have the intensity that it required so close together. i really missed the recovery jogs and the mid-length mid-week runs.

  7. Hats @ See How She Runs May 10, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Sounds great! I’m looking forward to hearing about your time as an Ambassador.

  8. Kerry May 10, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Ok! I’ll watch your countdown for the both of us. YAY, I can get excited about a countdown again!!

  9. katie May 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    GAH. 12 weeks? good thing i’m running the half.

  10. Allie D May 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    First time posting and big fan of the blog! I am from TX and my sister and I just registered for the SF Marathon because of you! We are both looking forward to it! Good luck with training!

  11. Karyn May 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    i love the color to the background of your countdown. so bright and cheery! yay for saturday long runs. i do mine then too, made the switch about a year ago, and now i don’t think i’d want to go back. i had to go to thursdays recently but there’s nothing like a good saturday LR :)

  12. Jim May 12, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    I’m running this one too! Very excited. It will be my 7th marathon but first time San Fran. I hear the hills are killer? Can’t wait.


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