Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#WDWMarathon Training: Here We Go

by Meghann on August 24, 2016

Alright. It’s go time.

After registering for the Walt Disney World Marathon months ago, building some excitement with a little light reading, and losing a bit of focus while traveling; the time is finally here. Marathon training starts this week and I’m diving in head first.

Race goals:

  • Finish. Obviously.
  • Not feel like death at finish line.
  • Possibly finish under 4:30. <- reaching for the stars here!

My original plan was to slowly build a base and then dive head first into a training plan in September, however, I’ve since come to the realization that I need to have some sort of training plan to motivate me to get my butt out the door. I quickly drafted the 20-week marathon training plan below on Friday and had my first official training run on Saturday.20-Week Walt Disney World Marathon Training Plan

It’s a pretty basic 20-week training plan that will allow me to slowly build up my mileage while sticking to 4-runs a week. It’s also a fluid plan, meaning it will probably morph and change as I get back to the groove of things. Fingers crossed that happens. This plan was developed based off of my own personal experience and individual race goals. It’s not a plan I would recommend for everyone.

Starting from scratch

I feel like I’m a newbie all over again. Despite some casual evening and weekend runs, I’m nowhere near the running shape I once was. Any run I have done in the last 10 months has been sporadic and very low key. I was running simply to run, no other agenda attached.

On Saturday I dusted off my Garmin and actually paid attention to it for the first time in well over a year. The results were humbling. I stuck to a 2 min run/1 min walk because that’s simply all I could handle. I felt run down, out of shape, and out of my element. My pace was 2+ minutes from where I want it to be and well over my glory days.

Garmin Run

That was my Day 1. We all have to start somewhere and I’m starting at Day 1. I have a long way to go, but I’m up for the challenge and even more motivated to get there. I can’t expect to take a long, extended break and end up right where I left off. Unfortunately that’s not how life works and I’m okay with.

I have to say, it was hell getting through those 3 miles, but I was so proud once they were done. Even better, I managed to wake up and do it all over again on Monday and Wednesday morning this week.  I can’t believe I used to wake up at 5:00am EVERY morning to work out.  What kind of crazy person was I?! It was BRUTAL getting up that first day, but I did it. I got up, put my shoes on, and got my butt out the door. It was a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

Early Morning Run

I plan to stick with a run/walk for now. I ran my last marathon (during IRONMAN Florida) using a 1:30 run/ :30 walk and finished in 4:30. There’s nothing wrong with run/walk and, quite frankly, it works. My eventual goal is to stretch out the running and do less walking, but for now I’m happy with 2min/ 1min.

Looking ahead, the long runs scare the hell out of me. Am I really going to run that far? How much is that going to hurt? I know I can do it, but boy it’s going to take some time until I get there. One day at a time. One day at a time.

To keep myself accountable, I plan to do weekly updates on the blog, so stay tuned!


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