As I mentioned previously my Florida trip got my Marathon Training off track. I have missed my key long run – the 20 miler! 20 miles is the longest distance I will be running before the full Mary. I reviewed a lot of training programs and most beginner marathon training plans require just 1 or 2 long runs of 18 to 20 miles. I decided on 2 – 20 milers. Since I missed my first 20 miler last weekend I will do a 20 miles this weekend (or at least I will try!). I am very worried that I won’t be able to run it all since my last long run was over 2 weeks ago! But since one of my 2009 goals is to stop stressing I am going to do my best and enjoy my little life.
I have 26 days until the race, but really I only have time for 1 more long run. You should do 2 weeks of taper before the race so it breaks down like this:
1/10 – 20 miles
1/17 – 12 miles
1/24 – 8 miles
2/1 - RACE DAY!!!
That’s the plan, but since it’s been so long since I’ve had a good long run and the race is pretty close I might end up having to walk some of it. More than anything I want to finish, so that wouldn’t be the end of the world. I just want to know that I can do it,and I don’t want it to be a march to my death. I barely even consider myself a runner most of the time since I’m not fast and I don’t look like a runner.
I am going to try and run a marathon. I am just a normal girl. I am not a super athlete or built very athletically. I am about 17 pounds overweight. I like to run. I may not have given myself enough time to train. I have never run more than 17 miles (and that was once!). But, I am going to try and run a marathon. If I can do this anyone can!