Monday, June 2, 2008

Oh Yeah That Marathon Thing

Remember that little race I signed up for? Well, I guess I need to let go of my "no-plan" running plan (as much as I have loved it) and start thinking about fall Marathon training.

I like to create my own plans because I know my body better than Mr. Galloway or Mr. Higdon. But I will take bits and pieces from a few plans and mesh them together for my very own POM plan.

This is what I'm workin' with:
  1. Fashionably Flexible: Long runs on Fri, Sat OR Sun - whatever day works best for me.
  2. Weak Weekdays: Only 3 times per week MAX and not over 5/6 miles.
  3. Cerebral Caloric Intake: There will be NO 12 lb. marathon weight gain like last year.
  4. Luscious Longies: 3 runs of 20+ plus miles, maxing out at 22 miles.
  5. Yoga Yahoo: Continue to do Bikram at least 2 days a week - aiming for 3.
  6. Healthapotamus: Get refocused on hydration/nutrition/vitamins/supplements.
  7. Shoe-tacular: Need to get new shoes to put into the training mix.
I will come up with the flexi-schedule this afternoon instead of working.

Does anyone else make up their own marathon plans?
What are your priorities/thoughts/concerns/struggles about your plan?

Song of the day: Inspiration by Ian Van Dahl


Maddy said...

And the song of the day returns!


I am faced with several of the same issues for my sophmore attempt at the marathon. I too, am participating in the "cerebral caloirc intake" and "yoga yahoo" - although my yoga class only meets once per week.

I am giving Uncle Hal a shot this time - but you always have to have some wiggle room.

I hope you post your plan when it's done!

jen said...

Love it!! My favorite is Healthapatomus. :)

I don't do well with my own training plan because I tend to second-guess every single workout and I end up changing it often. Basically I end up making it up as I go. I do better if "someone" (Pete Pfitzinger, Hal Higdon, whoever) tells me what to do. Then, I alter it slightly if needed.

Good luck!

chia said...

I'm seriously reconsidering the whole idea of being a full marathoner this year :-(.

Cerebral Caloric Intake? Simply brilliant way to put it! I so dig.

I've been playing with bringing iced chai-flavoured yerba mate teas on my long runs and I'm noticing a great reduction in recovery time and increase in overall energy. I no longer go home and immediately crash and it's actually kind of tasty. I'm going to try it in my butt-pak on Saturday.

You have such a refreshing approach to all this that I can really identify with. One thing these books and plans don't put into consideration is the fact that the athlete that listens to their own body effectively is more apt to finish strong. Can't wait to see what you come up with - thanks for being you!

HC said...

I'm loving your category names -- they make it all seem so happy and sexy and fun. I need to start applying such labels to the sreas of my life!

Good luck with your marathon prep!

Teacher Pursuits said...


I really like your approach. My favorite is the flexibility in the long run day. When I was training for the half, I was resolved to make Sunday my long run day but really... it is not necessary and sometimes pigeon holing can be a huge downfall.

So that is my piece of advice - stay flexible. Use the published training plans and pros' words of wisdom as guidelines but... adjust accordingly to fit YOUR life, YOUR schedule, YOUR goals. And - write your plan down so you know what is in store.

B. Kramer said...

Looks like some good principles to guide your new plan. Good luck with the particulars.

I have just recently started creating my own training plans. I have yet to plan my marathon training, but I aim for lots of days off -- three or four days running. I was going to try no 20-milers, but I am starting to doubt that plan.

Marcy said...

Since I'm not a planner by nature I don't do my own plans. I just rip them off and then tweak them how I please :P

Nitmos said...

I always make up my own plan. Mainly because the kids keep me on the go and I don't have time for more than 3 days per week. The only think I try to do is hit the LR mileage - usually from Higdon Intermed II or FIRST - each week but the rest is all my creation.

Good luck!

Carly said...

I think I like your should market it.

I thought I was the only one that gained weight while marathon training. I packed it on last time.

good luck to you!

Crissy Rae said...

Sounds like a pretty good plan you have there. I hope to work my way up to a marathon for next year so it's good to see how others train for them. Good luck with the plan.

The Laminator said...

Hey P.O.M.! Yeah, I always come up with my own training plan too. I find it much more easier to follow because it's personally how you always think the food you cook up yourself is totally delish...

It has worked well for me in my last 3 marathons so far...although my latest attempt is hitting some rough you know.

I think you've covered all the basic principles for a successful plan so all you have to do is just fill in the numbers...which if you ask me is half the fun!

Kevin said...

Sounds lie a great plan. I definitely have had to custom tailor my plans as I am training for a half ironman at the end of September and a marathon 6 weeks later. If you are just focusing on one race, its easier to use a pre-made plan. Otherwise it can be tough

Amy - the gazelle said...

as I am a virgin marathoner (made it to 2nd base with my half last month, though), I am an obsessive planner. And then, I break my plans.

However, I am hoping to NOT pack on the pounds during training. Also, I need my hip flexor to feel better now. And to get this fucking (can I swear on your blog?) triathlon that will be the death of me over with. That was a crap sentence. Sorry.

teacherwoman said...

I think that being able to make up your own marathon plan is great! You know what you are capable of and need to get done! You are going to rock your training!

The only thing I really have ever struggled with is proper nutrition and hydration ... all while trying NOT to gain weight!

Gretchen said...

I love your marathon training program! I just started training today for the Twin Cities Marathon this fall! I'm kind of a Hal Higdon girl myself but this time I'm tweeking a little bit - this will be marathon #6. I decided that my midweek running will not be more than 6 miles. Definitely need more than one 20 miler. I don't like it when my training becomes all consuming. That's the goal this time around - to make my training adapt to my life instead of my life adapting to my training!

Happy Running!

BeachRunner said...

I like it! Any plan/non-plan that works for you (the planner) is a great plan. Have fun and I am sure you will be successful.

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Wow Missy, I think you might have it all covered. Seriously. My main concern is overtraining cause I get ridiculous and think that I am not training ENOUGH when really I'm just exhausted all the time, and I feel like I'm trying to catch up and the runs are sucking and yeah.

I might suggest a RWYLR week. (That is Remember why you love running). Leave big G at home, and just run because you love it. A method of periodization (meaning adding mileage for 3 weeks, and then backing of 40% for the fourth). You don't want to do the 30 20+ mile runs week after week, you'll just get worn out and tired.

Do you have goals for the race? Will you be doing speed work or hill training? I always focus on that. Even if the race is flat, you'll want to do hill training because it makes you stronger, and that way it takes longer for you legs to fatigue.

Good luck:) I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Viv said...

Sounds like a plan. I have a friend that is a great source for making my running plans. It is priceless cause I am lost with those plans. I can plan everything and anything except my running, I am clueless.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

looks like a great plan, and i agree with you... you know your body best, what works for you and what you can manage time-wise. i struggle with proper nutrition to properly fuel my running and workouts, while trying to shed some weight. i wish there was a book with a plan that i could follow for my height, weight, metabolism, activity etc that was down to a science... but since there's not, i soak up as much info and experience from my fellow bloggers! love your category titles :)

Angry Runner said...

If your weight gain is muscle, then don't even get to stressin about it.

My only advice would be to keep it loose enough so that you don't burn out. Otherwise, you're in good shape.

carla said...

please to write that all into a book for me.

ID LOVE IT---youre a runner after my own heart.


Runner Leana said...

I made up my own training plan for the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. I sort of mixed Higdon and Galloway together. I finished both races so I guess you could say it was successful! This time around I'm letting Higdon tell me what to do though.