Today started the new countdown to my next marathon…
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.
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!
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)!