It’s officially fall marathon training season, and I’m currently halfway through my summer vacation, enjoying spending time doing the things that I love – traveling, reading, running but also lounging. Spent a long weekend with my mom and friends in New York/North Jersey and now I’m back home going over marathon training plans.
I used Hal Higdon’s marathon training plan last summer for the Philadelphia Marathon and decided to use it again, but this time I’m using the Novice 1. It has you running four days per week, with one long run at the end of the week. Of course with my hectic schedule, it’ll need some tweaking. I really would love to work with a running coach but they can get really expensive.
Not running since early May made it difficult to get my running shoes on and get out of the door, but it got done. Hal Higdon’s plan is 18 weeks long and since there are 20 weeks left until the Philadelphia Marathon, I’m taking two weeks before the program begins to warm up and ease back into running.
The temperature last night was in the high 90’s and went out for a 3.11-mile jog. I slowed down and walked as needed. Running during the summer months teaches us about endurance. Once the cooler months arrive, it feels like you’re flying.
Do you have a tried-and-true marathon training plan? Have you used a running coach?