As promised, I have my 2013 Kentucky Derby Marathon plan for you today! Until last night, I had only written down my long runs and when they needed to be done. I hadn’t looked at the day to day runs, and just knew that I needed to get in some higher-distance mid-week runs, rather than simple maintenance mileage. I am soo glad that I finally got cracking on this plan – race day is only 12 weeks away! Gulp!
Here it is…
Now, a big difference in this training plan compared to other ones that I have completed in the past is that there is minimal speed work. This is something that I haven’t mentioned much yet, but I am not going into this race with crazy hopes for a huge PR. I am honestly still very happy with my time from Chicago back in October, and I don’t have this huge urge to do an insane amount of speedwork to get my time down. I know – it sounds weird. But I am very happy just being fit and ready for this race, which for me, includes all of my long runs and some speed – just not a lot.
I love running marathons and think it is a blast to cross that finish line each time. However, this does not mean that I am out to race each and every one that I start. I want to do well in this race, but I am not going to harp too much about a crazy amount of workouts. For me, it is necessary to get in some speed work just to be prepared for the race, especially since this is a time of year that the race can be a bit warmer than training temperatures (like last year). I want to be prepared this time around.
I plan to hit every single tempo run without fail each Wednesday, and then hopefully get in my pace runs on Monday. I have a run group that I host at Lululemon in Tampa on Mondays, so I will just have to see if the other runners are up for a little pace running 😉
So of course, since I made this plan last night, I was hyped and ready to run this morning! I laced up my sneaks and headed out for my first tempo run on my training. It felt good to change up the pace a bit – I’ve been running long and slow miles for a while now. I am currently Garmin-less, so I had to come up with another solution – the Nike Running App. I’ve liked it so far and enjoy being able to easily access prior paces, right from my phone. Here is how my tempo went this morning:
As you can see – my pace was a bit all over the place. The pace isn’t readily available on the app when I am running (I don’t think) – it just gives an average of the run. I ended up going off of feel, which seemed to work out pretty well. After not being able to see the pace right on my wrist, I think I really need to invest in another GPS watch!