Marathon Training Starts Today

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Good morning! Happy Monday!

My training for the Boston Marathon officially starts today! Woohoo! I am pumped.


Last Friday, we (the Stonyfield mom bloggers) received our 16-week training plan for the Boston Marathon from Megan, our running coach. It’s a great mix of running, cross-training, and rest days, and what I love most about it is that it’s all based on time, not mileage. So instead of a 20-mile long run, we’ll spend 3 hours on our feet. I really think I am going to like this way of training.


Since Megan has us running 3 days each week with 2 cross-training days mixed in, my new workout schedule will probably look something like this:

  • Sunday: Rest
  • Monday: Run
  • Tuesday: KFIT/CrossFit/basement WOD
  • Wednesday: KFIT/CrossFit/basement WOD/Rest
  • Thursday: Run
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Run

Of course, this schedule will likely change from week-to-week depending on weather, Mal’s schedule, and whatever else pops up in life, but this is a rough framework for fitting in all of my workouts during my training.

A few notes on logistics and planning:

  • I will likely do my long run on Thursdays when Quinn is at daycare and after I have finished my work for the day. If I have too much work to do, I’ll bump my long run to Saturday and do it after Mal gets home from CrossFit.
  • On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, my workout will be based on how I feel (training-wise) and what works best for our family (logistically).
  • On really, really cold days, I will likely use the treadmill at KFIT to do my shorter training runs. (I plan to do all of my long runs outside.)
  • I haven’t registered for any races yet, but I will likely run the Hyannis Half Marathon and the Black Cat 20-miler and count them as long training runs.
  • Rest days will sometimes include a yoga class if I can finagle it with Mal’s schedule.
  • I’m planning to use RunKeeper to record all of my runs. I’ve been using this app for months now, and I really like it because it gives you time (and mile) updates as you run.

That’s it for now. Wish me luck!

Question of the Day

What are you training for this year? Do you obsess (in a good way, of course) over training plans like I do?

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