Let me start with some news, and a little experiment: I’m running the Portland Marathon this fall.
It’ll be my seventh marathon so what’s the scientific undertaking? To determine if my husband, Jack, reads our blog, which I strongly suspect he doesn’t. I have yet to tell Jack about my Portland plans—and we’ll know soon whether he’s still unaware or not. I am hesitant because I feel guilty lumping three more months of my marathon training on him. Him having to take care of kids solo on Saturday mornings for hours on end. Me being bone-tired at night. Endless pasta dinners because of my increased carb consumption. Granted, the kids are getting easier to manage, but it’ll be my second marathon in 2010. In a very minor way, it’s like a second tour of duty immediately on the heels of the last one.
But I’ve been dropping hints. Such as openly perusing Pete “Pfitz” Pfitzinger’s book Advanced Marathoning, as I’m debating which training plan to follow. Two good running friends swear up and down by Pfitz’s plan, especially his 18-week one. But when I counted back from October 10 on the calendar, I realized that meant my training should have started, um, last week. I’m excited about another marathon, but not that pumped. I am still eyeballing his 12-week one.
I’m seriously contemplating following the same steps I took to get me ready for Big Sur. I was fortunate enough to have a plan laid out for me by Andrew Kastor, coach of the High Sierra Striders in California (and husband of Olympic bronze medal marathoner Deena Kastor). When Andrew first gave it to me, I felt it was too conservative. After he tweaked it a little, it was darn near perfect. Demanding, yet not overly so. Plus, I figure it had me feeling strong and enthusiastic through all 26.2 (hilly) miles of Big Sur. Yet I am wondering if some new-to-me training plan might work even better. Any suggestions: What’s your fave marathon training program?
And while you’re at it, I’d love to “hear” what are your favorite 5K, 10K, and half-marathon training plans, too. Dimity and I want to have a list of recommended plans “living” on our blog as a resource. We’d greatly appreciate your input. Thanks!