A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Current Training Plan: Marathon

Oh wow – my first marathon training cycle. Mind boggling to be sure 🙂 Because I’m doing the back to back half marathons of the I-35 challenge midway through my marathon training cycle, this plan is a mix of the Jeff Galloway I-35 challenge plan followed by the back half of the Hal Higdon novice marathon plan like I explain here. Fingers crossed that this steady progression, with attention to rest, nutrition and strength training to support along the way, will get me safely across the finish line of my very first marathon in January 2017!
What have I done?!

I am not a trainer or coach of any kind! Just experimenting with my own training – don’t take this as advice or a plan for anyone else! 

Week Dates Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
1 8/1-8/7 rest 3 xt 3 rest 4 6
2 8/8-8/14 rest 3 xt 3 rest 6 7
3 8/15-8/21 rest 3 xt 3 rest 4 4
4 8/22-8/28 rest 3 xt 4 rest 8 9
5 8/29-9/4 rest 3 xt 4 rest 4 4
6 9/5-9/11 rest 4 xt 4 rest 9 10
7 9/12-9/18 Rest 4 xt 4 rest 4 4
8 9/19-9/25 Rest 5 xt 4 rest 11 11
9 9/26-10/2 Rest 5 xt 5 rest 4 4
10 10/3-10/9 Rest 3 xt 3 rest 6 6
11 10/10-10/16 Rest 3 xt xt rest RACE: KC HM RACE: DSM HM
10/17-10/23 Rest week post I-35 challenge xt xt xt xt xt
12 10/24-10/30 Rest 3 7 4 Rest 10 Cross
13 10/31-11/6 Rest 3 7 4 Rest 15 Cross
14 11/7-11/13 Rest 4 8 4 Rest 16 Cross
15 11/14-11/20 Rest 4 8 5 Rest 12 Cross
16 11/21-11/27 Rest 4 9 5 Rest 18 Cross
11/28-12/4 Cross 3 Cross 3 Cross 6 Cross
17 12/5-12/11 Rest 5 9 5 Rest 14 Cross
18 12/12-12/18 Rest 5 10 5 Rest 20 Cross
19 12/19-12/25 Rest 5 8 4 Rest 12 Cross
20 12/26-1/1 Rest 4 6 3 Rest 8 Cross
21 1/2-1/8 Rest 3 4 2 Rest Rest Race!

15 responses to “Current Training Plan: Marathon

  1. […] all of this, of course, I’ll be keeping up my half marathon training plan and I’ll update you guys tomorrow with how that’s going so far. I finally updated my […]

  2. […] can’t believe I’m already one month into the new training plan! So far, I am definitely enjoying the challenge of this plan. This weekend, I looked back at my […]

  3. Jason says:

    This is great! I can’t wait to hear how this plan works out for you 🙂

  4. […] 10-12 miles on the training plan, which I got in by racing the Peak 2 Peak 10 mile race here in town. I love a new distance, because […]

  5. […] At 8 am, I’m toeing the line of the Des Moines Half Marathon, celebrating the end of my 13.FUN training cycle and reminding myself of my race day […]

  6. […] and Half Marathon on Sunday, actually started on September 16. I was still in the midst of my 13.FUN training plan for the Des Moines Half Marathon, so needless to say I won’t be following that plan. As […]

  7. […] 4 miles and 8 miles for my back to back runs to prepare for the Rebel Challenge. I looked at the training plan and realized I only have 4 more back to back, big mileage runs between me and the race! (I’ll […]

  8. […] updated my training plan page this week to reflect the plan I’ll follow for this half marathon. For the first 3-4 weeks, […]

  9. […] half marathon I KNOW I have in me. I’ve updated my training plan on the half marathon page here but beyond the specific workouts in the plan, what do I need to do to reach that […]

  10. […] to get moving with a goal. I just finished week one of my new training plan (more on that here and here) and my legs are back to that pleasantly “used” feeling that comes with regularly […]

  11. […] to work on the flexibility part, especially with as many miles as I’ll be running with my training plan for Des Moines. All in all, I’m making great progress. I’ve still got the 5K and half […]

  12. […] base building phase of my training plan for the Papillion Half Marathon in May. I’ve updated my plan in the tab on the side bar. I’ve tweaked the training plan I used for Des Moines this fall […]

  13. […] goose egg. This is why I build in these on-call weeks at work as “light” weeks in my training plans because there’s no guarantee I’ll get to run at all. Of course, this week may not be […]

  14. […] than any other training week I’ve had in 2016, it isn’t what the week looks like in my training plan. You can shuffle around training workouts to some extent, so long as you avoid doing two hard […]

  15. […] updated my training plan page here and have my workouts set in my Google calendar so my family knows what we’ll be doing. […]

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