The Maine Marathon is now about 20 weeks away and I have decided to follow a modified training program to get ready for the run and train in a way that will help me finish the event with a smile on my face and limited pain in my body – or at least that’s the plan.
My training schedule is relatively simple – I’ll run no more than four days per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday). If I run any more than that, I am worried that I’ll break down physically. On Wednesdays and Fridays, I’ll cross-train on my bicycle and on Mondays, I’ll rest. Well, at least that’s the plan. Each week, I’ll finish one “long run” and gradually those long runs will increase in length as I get closer to race date.
This week the long run was seven miles and for that I chose to run along the streets and sidewalks in Saco. I have also decided to follow the advice of Jeff Galloway and for every four minutes that I run on these long training routes, I walk briskly for 30 seconds. Galloway, a former Olympian, and world-class marathoner, now trains thousands of new marathoners each year as they strive to compete at this distance.
Injury free sounds good to me. This past Saturday morning, the weather was beautiful (by Maine standards) it was fifty degrees and sunny and for more than an hour, I listened to songs from the ’70s as I completed the training route. For the past few months, I have used the Fitbit and Strava apps on my phone to track my running routes and I am amazed at how motivating it is to have someone whisper in your ear as you run and tell you how fast or slow you are running compared to the plan you’ve set out for yourself. Yes, a bit nerdy, but it helps.
The week ended with a 35-mile bike ride with my friends along the back roads of Buxton, Scarborough, and Saco. Somehow, we managed to end up at one of our favorite coffee shops, but for me, that too is part of the joy, part of the process.
Oh well, week one is in the books and now I’m already thinking about this week’s long run. This Saturday, I hope to run with my running group in Portland and complete eight miles along the coast. See you on the roads.
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