I’ve been microblogging about this for a few weeks now. I suppose it’s time to make it official.
In 95 days, I will run my first full marathon in Singapore.
This entry took a little time to write because I had to let the idea sink in again. I have actually been delaying this post because I wanted to see first if I can do training runs before I fully commit.
Today is day 17 of the training and I have completed all the 6 of the 7 training runs. Yey!
My first full marathon journey officially started one fine Wednesday evening at Starbucks. In between convincing a friend to attend a BodyPump class and having pingpong text about long run mileage with another running buddy, I was trying to decide on what program to use. I was reviewing three marathon programs: Runner’s World SmartCoach, and the ’s Novice program Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST) program.
To build up on mileage, I have been following RW’s SmartCoach. This program works for me because it only requires 3 runs a week and suggests a target pace for each run based on recent race performance. However, to prepare for a marathon, I felt that I needed to level up a little.
Hal Higdon’s Novice program requires 4 runs a week and the weekly program is not as detailed. This is my first time to train for a marathon and I felt I needed something more descriptive.
FIRST is a program I’ve encountered in RW. I’m not sure but I think it’s the basis for the SmartCoach. The training program is based on results from Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training studies. The results of their studies indicate that runners are able to improve race performances running only 3 days a week, following a specific training plan and cross-training. Pacing is a crucial component to this program. I felt that this is the program that will challenge me enough for the next 16 weeks. I can be a really lazy runner and I needed an extra push. I needed very clear training goals. However, when I looked at the paces of each run and the long run mileage and pace, I seriously got scared and doubted if I could complete it and still run the marathon. So I stared at the programs, had a cookie, stared some more, recomputed the pace, shuffled the programs and debated with my imaginary community on the merits of each program.
I like troubleshooting and I knew that I just need to calm down a bit and I will find a happy compromise. After reviewing the programs again, I calmed down long enough to make a SmartCoach and FIRST hybrid.
For the next 16 weeks, I will be following the Key Run Workout 1 (Speed Workout) and 2 (Tempo Run) of FIRST. However, to safely build-up my mileage from my current level and prevent overtraining I will be following the RW SmartCoach long run pace and mileage. The hybrid is challenging enough but I won’t burn out, fade away and die training for the marathon.
I also like the fact that this program will let me do three 32km runs. This is good because I can test which shoe I will wear for the marathon. After the Marikina Half, I think my Newtons can go the Full distance with me but my new Wave Rider is pretty comfy too. I guess I will find out in a few more weeks.
This is the plan for now: 3 key runs a week, Final Cuts for strength and BodyBalance for flexibility. I know that BodyJam is not included in the list of recommended crosstraining activities but it is included in my program for my sanity and will be dropped when necessary. I also plan to attend a cycling class … soon.
Thanks for the all the support so far and send good wishes my way on December 7.