In just a few short weeks I will begin training for the TCS New York City marathon. (Eek!)
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous. For starters, this is going to be my very first full marathon. (squeal!)
And if you know anything about the NYC marathon course, you know that it’s not an easy course. It includes some pretty massive bridges. In fact, there are FIVE bridges throughout the course of the marathon. FIVE!!!!
Count them with me….
- The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
- The Pulaski bridge
- The Queensboro bridge
- The Willis Avenue bridge
- The Madison Avenue bridge.
Of course, it was not my intention to make the NYC marathon my first marathon. If you remember correctly, I was slotted to run the Spacecoast marathon (an extremely flat and fast course) back in 2013, but a fall down the stairs spoiled my training plans just four weeks shy of my first 20 mile training run. And since I was preggo last year when I miraculously got picked on my first try from the lotto, there was absolutely no way I could have attempted another marathon in time to pop my cherry before NYC. So here I am.
Let’s take a look at my training plan, shall we.
I’m using a modified version of Hal Higdon’s intermediate marathon training plan. Essentially, I’ve just switched my days around a little bit from the original plan. Since my husband travels predominately Tuesday through Friday, I decided Mondays should be a run day instead of a cross train day to capitalize on his availability in the early mornings. I’ll plan to run Tues, Wed and Fridays with the double BOB, but I’ll most likely have the option to run solo on Sat for my long runs. I really can’t imagine taking the kids with me for anything longer than 8 miles. That’s just unimaginable to me right now.
If push comes to shove (which is bound to happen with two young kiddos and a husband who travels for work), I’ll cut one of the weekday runs out of the plan, but I don’t intend to skip out or cheat any of my long runs. Consistency will be key with them.
Speaking of long runs, which builds from 8 miles in the first week to a maximum of 20 miles, I’ve planned to incorporate them around my Saturday Moms Run This Town group runs. There are a few other moms who will be training for the Disney marathon, so I’m hoping to catch up to a couple of them to break up the monotony that comes with running alone.
Pace runs will be on Fridays.
Since I brought up pace, I’m going on the record right now to say that my goal for this race is simply to finish. I do have a desired pace (9:30) that I will be training to maintain for the majority of the race, but I’m not aiming for a certain finish time. Five bridges and lots of site seeing equals a very relaxed pace for this first time marathoner. Just look at the course and all the tourist attractions that I’ll be running through.
I’ll take advice from my fellow marathoners and simply aim to enjoy every step of the way. No pressure, just enjoying the journey. Unofficially, my desired finish time would be under 4:30 – that averages out around a 10:17 pace, which I think is very feasible. But like I said, I’m training to finish – preferably upright and with a smile on my face.
Looking over my plans, I think I’ve covered most of the preparations as best I can. I’m not planning to use a running coach this time, simply for financial reasons, and because I think I have planned out a great training program on my own. (online resources are plentiful) The hardest part for me is going to be the training. The marathon will be the easy part…… right?
What tips do you have for me going into training?
Are you forced to train with your kids?
How do you manage your kids on the run?
What is one of your favorite marathon quotes?