Saturday, May 8, 2010

Long Runs

I haven't blogged about my long runs as far as the San Francisco Marathon goes. I probably should blog about them at some point just because it kind of helps me organize my thoughts and things. And since Saturday I ran 15 miles, I figure I better start to write some of these planned distances down so I can better remember them.

Essentially what I did in making up this plan was take what our Surf City Marathon training plan was and put it in place here. It matches up very well, actually, in that the 10K I ran last week was almost the same exact number of weeks Mission Inn was before Surf City, with respect to Run For Rescue and San Francisco Marathon.

Anyway, my plan...

5/08 - 15
5/16 - 18
*5/23 - 12
5/30 - 15
*6/06 - 12
6/13 - 20
6/20 - 15
6/27 - 15
7/04 - 22
7/11 - 12
7/18 - 10
7/25 - 26.2

* means that I have a race the day before. On 5/22 I'm running the SBSD Mud Run, which is a 5K, and then on 6/5 I'm doing the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, which is a 10K. I would have planned for longer on those weekends but I figure I'll be getting in some good runs on the Saturday before my long-run day so I just kept it to 12.

Another part of this plan is the after-marathon. I'm going to take a couple of weeks off from running. I'm not going to stop altogether - I don't think that would be possible for me - but I do plan on slowing down the mileage some. Two weeks is probably pretty good, might stretch it out to three.

After San Fran, I might do the Long Beach Half Marathon and then Ragnar Relay Las Vegas, and both of those are in October, so I might just take a little break in late July/early August, and then get back into running like I have been come late August/early September. I figure that will help me recharge for the end of the year (which could include the Las Vegas Marathon in early December) so that will be good.

But for now, there's no rest for the weary. I'm already looking forward to conquering the 18-mile beast next Sunday, and then the Mud Runs will be right around the corner. Dammit, I love running! All of this is so exciting to me, from the planning and looking ahead to the running itself to sense of accomplishment afterward and then looking at how I did and then planning and looking ahead... it's an awesome cycle and I don't want it to slow down. Not until July 26.


Lauren said...

Awesome plan! That's cool you're going to go up to 22 miles. Does that seem to help more than 20 miles? Did you do that for your first marathon too?

L.B. said...

Yeah, I ran 22 miles three weeks before my first marathon. I think that really helped me because while I hit the wall at Surf City, it wasnt until Mile 23-plus and I quickly recovered... although it didnt seem as quick during the marathon. Mentally it was great because I knew that having ran 22 miles I could go another four.

I ran 18, 20 and 22 before my first marathon and that's why I want to mimic it this time around.

Tricia said...

"Dammit, I love running! "

love it!

Kerrie T. said...

I love running, too, and sometimes it's really hard to explain.