April sounds far away, but it is closer than you think! So, being the numbers geek that I am, I had to start planning my schedule. (I also needed a distraction) One of the reasons I run is that it is so numeric. I love knowing exactly how far I need to run each day. So, here is the situation. Including this week (starting yesterday) we have 23 weeks to train for Salt Lake. Most programs are 18 weeks long, but you need to be at a certain level before you start. So, it is time to get going! I love Ang's idea of the half marathon January 12th. So, I found a training program on Runners World where you can customize your schedule. Try it, it's fun! We have 9 training weeks until then and we will then be up to 13 miles.
From there, I will be trying to work up to 15 miles. The schedule I will be following to train for the marathon is an intense 12 week that has worked for many of our Boston-qualifying speedster friends. But the first long run is 15 miles and a total of 43 miles for the week. So, before I start that schedule on January 28th, I want to comfortably be running 30-40 miles a week-wow!! I better get going. I don't have a link to that schedule so if you are interested in it, I can email it to you, just let me know.
If this is your first marathon, I recommend going to halhigdon.com and picking one of his training plans or coolrunning.com. They have training plans for all of the distances.
Whew! I hope I didn't scare you all off. I can't wait to hear what everyone's plans are. This will be so great to train together!
JP- Where are you located? I have a friend in Santa Rosa who is training to run Newport Marathon in June, her first.
Take care everyone. I couldn't post this until I actually went for a run. I had a good run at the beach, my fave place.