Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mapping out the Training

I could use some aid from my fellow runner bloggers.

I'm not uncomfortable with mapping out training plans. I've run 7 marathons and 12 half marathons, so I've created a few training plans in my time.

However, as I sat down today to start working on my plan for the rest of the year, I got a little exasperated.

Here's the deal: in September, I'm running a half just for fun. In October, I'm running a half that I'd like to PR at since it's flat. In November, I'm running an incredibly hilly marathon just for fun (and when I say fun, I mean that I don't care about my time). In January, I'm doing the Disney Goofy Challeneg where I'll run the half and the full marathon. This is the ultimate goal, and I need my training plan to take me from today, through the other races, and through those two.

So here's the thing... I feel like I can't just use a standard marathon plan. Has anyone out there ever trained for the Goofy and want to share with me what you did?

In addition, how do I train for that even that will culminate at the end of the next 5 months of training while also training for the other marathon and half marathons that happen leading up to it? I want to make my goals of a half PR and surviving the other just for fun races and it's essential I'm prepared, but I don't want to get hurt.



Nicole said...

just keep running!!!! you'll be fine... sorry sister thats the best advice i have!

Jamie said...

I am planning on running Goofy too. I am planning on training more like a marathon with a mid-long run the day before my long run on the weekends. I got a tentative schedule another blogger used in the past and will go off of that. Let me know if you want a copy. Good luck.

Newly and Forever, Tamantha said...

I am doing a similar race in March called the Hobbittom Challenge..named after the race directors Hobbit and Tom. It was called the Crackhead Challenge...but people got all politically correct and I guess they decided it would hurt the feeling of crackheads to name it that? haha...Anyhoo, it is a half marathon and then the next day is the Little Rock Marathon. I wanted to do it last year but was sidelined by injury. My friends did it and they ran about 5 days a week...5-7 miles on 3 days during the week and then back to back long runs on the weekends.