My Marathon Training Plan!

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Today’s post is dedicated to marathon training – my plan, my gear, etc. 

In the fall, I followed Hal Hidgon’s Half Marathon Training Plan to train for the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon, which was my goal race for the fall. While I ended up not being able to race that day due to injury, I NAILED training with that cycle. Part of it was the weather, part of it was my light travel schedule, but most of it was just things finally coming together for me. It was pretty upsetting and disappointing to not get to see all of my hard work pay off with a new half marathon PR at Buffalo Creek (or ANY race time that day), but I still came away from that training cycle with new 5k and 10k PRs. 

For the Pittsburgh Marathon, I’m sticking with Hal Higdon as I like that he gives set mileage to run each week. I also use the Gymboss timer app on my phone so I can use the Run-Walk-Run method. I use MapMyRun to log all of my training runs (and walks). 

So far, training has been going…ok. Coming back from an injury sucks. Coming back from an injury when you have activity-induced asthma and your lungs forget how to work while running sucks even more. But I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and hoping I can keep up with the weekly mileage as it continues to increase (and as I get back out on the road for work). 

I’ve had my first sub-20 degree run of the season and my face hurt just as much as I thought it would. I’ve got a fleece neck gaiter that is awesome, but I feel like I’m suffocating when I put it over my mouth and nose, so I may need to look into a different face mask/gaiter (comment below if you’ve got suggestions!). 

A few months ago, I won a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 12s in a Twitter contest sponsored by Fitfluential. I have been running in Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s for a little over a year now, so I was excited to try out the latest model. As it turns out, I like the 12s so much I’ve all but stopped running in my last pair of 10s. I’ll be using my Elite Runners and Walkers Marathon Training Group discount to purchase another pair of 12s in the near future so I can rotate shoes. I LOVE that MapMyRun has a Gear Tracker that tracks how many miles I’ve put on each pair of shoes. 

Do you have tips/suggestions? Do you have a favorite training plan? Comment below!

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One comment

  1. I've never actually used a designed training plan before. I'm using the Higdon interemediate 1, it'd going well so far. I use an under Armour mask for the cold and I feel ya on overheating!

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