I started my spring 2010 marathon training plan this morning. Day 1 was pretty easy, as it is a scheduled rest day. This year, I am going try for a 5 day per week running plan, with swimming and cycling thrown in for good measure. Here is the training plan I will follow:
*The two blank weeks are when we will be home for Christmas. I plan to run 20-25 mile weeks during this time, but I know that it is hard for me to follow a regimented schedule while traveling, so I just built "open weeks" into the plan.
My goal is to run the Derby Festival Marathon in late April. This year I've really started to get the marathon itch back. I hope to do some triathlons next summer, so I like the idea of running the marathon early in the season, then switching my training focus to triathlons.
I also hope to be a little more disciplined with my diet this training season. I've built in a 2-month base building period into my training, with my actual marathon training beginning on January 4th. This will take me right through the holiday season and all of the holiday parties that are sure to include cookies, cakes, candy, dips, chips...pretty much all the good stuff! I've never followed any type of diet, and I don't feel like I need to diet, but I do want to practice healthier eating habits.
I know that eating better and cleaner can only help me train better and feel better. In an effort to be more disciplined with my training and eating, I am going to make a sincere effort to post daily training info and a food log here each day. I'm hoping that this will help to keep me accountable! Plus, I have been reading a few running blogs where people track their daily runs and their daily food intake, and it is actually really interesting.
One more exciting thing on the training front - I got a bike trainer yesterday! I am hoping to log quite a few miles on it this winter, so I will be in decent cycling shape when the spring rolls (no pun intended) around. Plus, I think it will help with my marathon training as well.
Without further ado, here is today's stats:
Marathon Training Day 1- Rest Day (doesn't get much easier!)
Breakfast: 8oz dark roast coffee, banana, 1 small pumpkin muffin
Snack: Dark chocolate cherry Kashi bar
Lunch: 6in WW turkey sub w/ American cheese & veggies, 10oz Sunkist
Snack: Honeycrisp apple
Dinner: Baked potato soup, 6 saltine crackers
Dessert: 12oz hot chocolate, small slice of pumpkin pie