I’ve had three posts where, after a marathon, I ask myself, what I am I going to do now. I’m so happy that this time, I have another fun, big, beautiful goal race to work toward — The Pittsburgh Marathon!
as you can see, I have no fun at the Pittsburgh Marathon
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Now that the Walt Disney World Marathon is really done I’ve started to seriously think about how to get ready for my 11th marathon. I’ve had a lot of opportunities in the past to roll from one training cycle to the other and I think I’ve finally perfected the process for myself. Here’s the plan:
- Take a month off – Since the marathon I’ve run only once (when Chief Bird Sally Bergsen was in town for the Women’s March and hosted a Volee run in DC) and even then it was completely low key and easy. I read once that you should take one day off for every mile you raced. A full month then, seemed like the right thing to do. I have been cross training — back at personal training, elliptical machining and swimming. I started the month being over running and now, with two weeks left in my break, I’m really starting to itch for some runs.
- Pick the plan – I feel very fortunate that I’ve found a running plan that really works for me. I’ve mapped a 14 week training program that follows the Run Less, Run Faster plan. I’ve written everything in my training journal wth my target paces, miles and importantly, rest, stretching and pre-hab.
- Choose the goal – The Pittsburgh Marathon is a really happy race on my race calendar. I knew I would be in town for at least one of the events but, when I was chosen for the team, I knew I would have to rep my most favorite race of the weekend. PLUS! My homegirl Sara wanted to run her second marathon before she even finished her first. Having come off an injury and knowing that the Chicago cycle will start much like this one is — my goal is plain and simple — finish, smiling in the upright position. Like so many marathons before it, I’m planning to PR in fun in Pittsburgh
What are you doing to get ready for your next big race?