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Let the Marathon Training Begin!

by Meghann on September 15, 2009

This week marks the official kick off for my marathon training schedule that will take me all the way to the Walt Disney Marathon on January 10, 2010.

The training schedule I have designed is a total of 16 weeks and consists of running 5 days a week with my mileage never tipping over 40 miles in a one week period. The plan incorporates a basis of speed training during the week with my long runs taking up the majority of my Sundays for the rest of the year.

Since I will be training during prime holiday and vacation time I had to adapt my schedule to work around those big days as well as my family’s ski trip that just happens to occur two weeks before marathon day.

Nothing is set in stone, so we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s the break out of mileage per day in my schedule.

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And here’s the individual break out for the month of September.


As you can see today’s plan was for tempo training. I believe every Tuesday will actually be tempo training with this plan. ;)

My schedule told me to

  • 2 miles GP
  • 2 miles T
  • 1 miles GP

This breaks down for me:

  • 2 miles at 9:45
  • 2 miles 9:05
  • 1 mile 9:45

My GP or Goal Pace for my marathon is 9:45 and with a goal of 9:45 my tempo miles need to be ran at 9:05.

Here were my stats:

  • Mile 1:  9:58
  • Mile 2:  9:38 
  • Mile 3:  8:55
  • Mile 4:  9:03
  • Mile 5:  9:32

My first miles are always slow thanks to crossing a major street and going through my gate. Besides that I think my first tempo run of my training schedule was a success. As the weeks progress my tempo runs will become longer and more intense. Is it weird that I can’t wait? :)

I know a lot of you were interested in my training progress so I will be sure to keep you up to date and be as informative as possible, but please keep in mind I created this schedule with my abilities and goals in mind. This is not a perfect training schedule and everyone is unique in what they need to achieve their goals.

During my run I had plenty of time to think up this rather interesting, but yummy combo for breakfast.


The rather interesting set in this equation can be attributed to my Pumpkin Biscuit, Blackberry Jam and Egg White tower.


The combination worked really well together. I ate it like a sandwich, all I was missing was the topper!


With the unique sammy I had a bowl of fruit with some plain oikos and a couple spoonfuls of Chocolate is for Lovers granola.


My fruit salad consisted of Apple, Plum, Grapes, Kiwi and Cantaloupe.

Foodbuzz Festival and Awards…

It’s official! I booked my flight yesterday! Come the first full weekend in November I will be San Francisco bound for the 1st Annual Foodbuzz Festival!

I am really excited because

  1. Any festival that involves food and bloggers is going to be fun
  2. I have never been to San Francisco and am looking forward to seeing the sights
  3. I already know a ton of fellow bloggers who are also San Francisco bound and am busy setting up meet ups
  4. I have been watching the flight I wanted for the past two weeks and I saw it drop by $80 yesterday, so I got a really good deal! Eeekkk!!

Anyone else heading to the Foodbuzz Festival?!?!

Speaking of Foodbuzz…. yesterday they opened the nomination ballots for 2009 Food Blog Awards!

You don’t have to be a blogger or a Foodbuzz featured publisher to nominate your favorite blogs so head over to the site now to fill out a ballot of your own.

Not to be persuasive or anything BUT Inner Workings of a College Graduate IS a Healthy Living Blog AND there just happens to be a Healthy Living Blog category *wink *wink ;)

Also, there are some fun categories like Which blog you would like to be made into a movie? or Who would you like to cook dinner for you?

Go ahead, check it out! If anything its a fun way to kill 15 minutes in your day. :)

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