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Changing training plans for the LA marathon

So since I decided to run the LA marathon instead of focusing solely on the Surf City half marathon as I had originally thought of, that means training has to be mixed up big time. No more short runs for me, especially with all the non-running I’ve been doing lately, I need to up my mileage and get in some decent long runs so that when I’m at the starting line of LA, I’m not completely scared for my life. So starting up next weekend after Surf City, I have my first long run of my training cycle. I do feel that my long run paired with an intermediate run the next day works well for me and keeps my legs feeling fresher. Since picking up the tutoring part-time job my running is severely limited during the week, so I also like to do cross-training during the week.

Oh did I mention the marathon is 47 days away? 47? Yea, cool. So, I did some editing, some rearranging and tried to shove in as many miles as I think possible in the next few weeks. We’ll see how quickly I die.

So as you can tell I’m still implementing swimming and weights and I’m still the queen of giving myself options. I know that some days I just won’t want to run or I’ll need to rest. I also tried to hit it hard on the weekends with my long runs and with cross training. Hit it hard on the weekends? That’s what she said. Most Sundays, even after long runs, I have miles to get in, which I found works well for me as I have been doing long runs on Saturdays and then also doing some running on Sundays with the LA Marathon course preview we are doing. It is a little creaky to start, but once I get going things are okay and the miles tick away. They aren’t long mileage runs and will be done at a very slow pace, which I’m okay with. I am also quite worried about my toes though so we’ll see if that plays any role into the training. We shall post about those on Wednesday.

Then we have the standard runs on Tuesday, which are decently long, we have two eight milers but mostly it’s pretty basic. I will need to get those done as soon as I get home from work and then I can relax and eat dinner and just hang out. I know right now this plan is very overwhelming to me because that’s a lot of miles to cram in before it gets dark, but I also know I CAN do this, I just have to commit to it and get it done.

Then Wednesdays I tutor so most of the days I can fit in something after tutoring if I wanted too. So I can do cross training, or yoga, or rest. Thursdays are going to be my hardest days on the schedule. It says the paces in there, but it’s all up to my body and how I’m feeling that day and how I feel when I get home. If I can run those times great, but it’s not the end of the world if I can’t. I would like to yes, and I know I can. But after working all day and trying to do a tempo run, it’s not the easiest thing in the world. I’ve accepted that fact and I don’t want to run myself down. So I guess those are just guidelines of times I would like to hit in the perfect world.

Friday is another rest or easy mileage day. If I run hard on Thursdays I most likely am going to need a rest on Friday before the high mileage kicks in on Saturday, but we’ll see how it goes. I realized that with my schedule and my life, the most important thing to me is flexibility. I also was warned about overuse and pushing the miles up too quickly. I know that I must ice and take care of my body to the best of my ability in order to make it to the starting line on March 21st.

I know I can do this. I just have to DO it now. So let’s do this. Let’s run LA!


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  • Reply Kelly

    You can totally do it! :)

    February 1, 2010 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Morgan

    You’ve got this girl! Look no further than going Maniac last year! Good luck!!!

    February 1, 2010 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Jocelyn

    Looks like a solid plan! You are gong to totally rock it! :D

    February 1, 2010 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Looks like a good (CRAMMED) schedule. You can do it, girl! I like that you’ve given yourself flexibility… that’s a must!

    February 1, 2010 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Vic

    Best of luck! I know you can do it!

    February 1, 2010 at 10:28 am
  • Reply sarah

    WOW that is one crazy schedule. You can totally do it though! I just signed up for my first half in April, and I’m totally scared it’s so soon. And it’s not even as soon as LA. Can’t wait to follow along.

    February 1, 2010 at 10:52 am
  • Reply aron

    wow 47 days?!?! yikes!! you will totally be ready to rock it by then :) cant wait to see you this weekend!

    February 1, 2010 at 11:22 am
  • Reply David

    5 @ 7:30?! you’re a bada**! go get ’em tiger

    February 1, 2010 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Cody

    Yay! You’ll do awesome. GJ!

    February 1, 2010 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Sara

    One word: Intense!

    You’re gonna do GREAT!

    My lung transplant doc at UCLA has run the LA marathon every year for the past 20 yrs… good stuff!

    February 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Chrissy

    So exciting! Not to mention inspiring. You can do it!

    February 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Stuart

    Get it done!

    Flexibility is always the name of the game!

    February 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply KatieA.

    You are going to do great! Your attidude is what will carry you through! Awesome job!

    February 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply TJrunr

    The plan looks solid. Pretty sure your funeral won’t be on the 21st, maybe 22nd or 23rd…

    February 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Heather

    your plan looks great, good luck! I never feel like I have time to run!

    February 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    i’m in the same boat, running surf city this weekend and LA in march! i’ve been lagging on mileage so my training plan has become pretty crammed…can’t believe only 47 more days…shit!

    February 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    Wow that’s quite the plan.

    You totally have it in the bag though, stay focused and listen to your body. Can’t wait to see you smiling through the LA marathon like LB.

    February 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Heather

    Great plan! Definitely dont push yourself overboard. There is nothing wrong with rest days! ;-)

    February 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Tara

    they don’t call us maniacs for nothing!!! you’re gonna do great my lil monkey! ♥

    February 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    So this is how your post sounded in my head as I read it: “blah, blah, blah, “HIT IT HARD ON THE WEEKEND? THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!” blah, blah, blah.

    You are hysterical!

    February 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply nicole

    your gonna kick butt D!!! never fear– my koozie koo koo will ROCK!!! love you!

    February 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply EndorphinBuzz

    I am also doing LA (coming in from Canada)! Hope your training plan works well for you. Looks like you have a pretty solid base already so I wouldn’t worry.

    February 2, 2010 at 4:24 am
  • Reply Laura

    Looks like a good plan! (And it looks pretty too with all the colors!) How did you develop the plan?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm
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