Marathon training began this week. I decided to stick with the same schedule I did last year. Since I ended last year's race without collapsing & the day after didn't leave me walking funny I figure it's a good plan & shouldn't mess with something that works.
Very little changes from what I've been doing for a while. I still only run on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays, which is my long run. If my shins will let me, I will do some speed workouts on Mondays & Wednesdays are dedicated to hill training. Saturday long runs are just that . . . long. I've gotten myself up to 11 1/2 miles so far. Eventually I'll have 3 different 20 milers. Last year I only completed 2 of them & one of those times was on the treadmill.
I'm very excited about the prospect of running this marathon again. Last year I ran it 8 months post-partum. Now I'd be 20 months post-partum. I'm also faster & stronger than I was a year ago. And I know the mistakes I made last year & have learned from them. If all goes well I should have no problem finishing under 5 hours.
So for the next 3 months on Saturday mornings, when you sleep till 8 or 9, just remember that I will have run 12+ miles by then. Such is the life of training for a marathon during the summer!