Monday, January 9, 2012
Brookings Marathon Training
FYI: I had this poster on my wall through high school and most of college. I kind of love it.
In regards to the marathon, I have now completed 4 marathons with roughly the same results. All 4 attempts have had similar training programs. Short, 10-14 weeks, because I have serious training A.D.D. and my body has a tendency to break down and most of them have been constructed from the Runners World training programs. I dabbled with the Pfitz program for Philadelphia, but only the last 5 weeks of it.
For the Brookings Marathon, I'm throwing myself in to it headfirst. 18 weeks of training seems like a long g.d. time to train for one event that'll last less than 240 minutes. However, I know that my main weakness, other than my ability to stay healthy, is my endurance, so I can use all the concentrated help I can get.
The Pfitz training program breaks the training up in to 4 mesocycles leading up to race day. Endurance building is a huge focus of the training, and a majority of the workouts are based on heart rate. I'll also be putting in a good chunk of miles. Usually more miles = more broken Jeri, but I'm hoping I've got that under control. Miles make champions, I think the famous Angry Runner once said. And while I'll never be a champion at 26.2 i wouldn't mind feeling like one with a monster PR. I just tallied up the planned miles from today to May 12th, and I have 801.2 miles on deck. Uff da. It's go time!
18 weeks starts TODAY!