The Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2014 is the first marathon that I trained for since I started Sneaker Therapy. I logged my training each week to show how I adapted to schedule, injury, and life challenges to get to the finish line of the marathon.
My Training Plan
I ran my first marathon back in 2012 and followed Hal Higdon’s Novice marathon plan. It was simple and very easy to follow, but this time around, I’m looking to improve my time so I took Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 Plan and added some speedwork (in orange) and races (in blue) to keep it interesting and build my speed. Here’s what I’m planning to do each day of the week:
Monday: regular run + yoga
Tuesday: hill work on orange days, regular run on other days
Wednesday: intervals on orange days, regular runs on other days
Friday: tempo or pace runs on orange days, regular runs on other days
Saturday: tempo or progression runs on orange days, regular long runs on other days
Sunday: Body Pump/ weight lifting
I’ve built speedwork in only twice a week; anything more and I think I could be too fatigued and probably hate running.
Weekly Workout Logs
I’ll be the first to tell you that I pick training plans with the best of intentions but each week comes with its own challenges and I have to adapt as I go. Below are the workout logs from each week, in case you’re interested in how my training is going!
Week 1 (Dec 30-Jan 5) no training log (I was recovering from a knee injury)
Week 12 (Mar 17-23) Training Log – mostly cross-training due to minor injury
Week 18 (Apr 28-May 4) Training Log – week of race!