My One City Marathon training plan has actually been more of a roller coaster than a race training cycle. I was super excited, maybe even anxious, to get it started. I went overboard. I ran a bazillion 20+ milers. Marathon training burnout happened. But I have a race in 15 days and it’s time to get back in gear to see what I can accomplish on 13 March. With a new plan in place two weeks out, I am ready to finish this thing.
My original marathon training plan went down in flames. It was a program I’d never ask a client to do so I figured I’d try it on myself. Total backfire. Too much, too soon and for too long. I thought back to back half marathons in January would break things up but it didn’t. As a result, my training was getting worse instead of better. My long runs were completed but not always what they needed to be. My speed work was solid and my lifting felt good. It was those long runs. Back logged fatigue and failure to recover along with not taking easy days easy enough added up.
Knowing I have the ability to finish this race while not getting injured I completely changed the last three weeks of my marathon training plan. Instead of continuing to push for another week I decided to take a few days off, concentrate on making my body feel better, reevaluate my race day goals and figure out what my next series of workouts should be. I started with three days of rest.
Monday was a total recovery day with tons of foam rolling, lacrosse balling, banded distractions and other mobility work. Tuesday I did some heavy upper body strength training, rode my bike five miles and walked in the sand ring at EquiKids for over an hour. Wednesday was another day of mobility work but the foam rolling didn’t feel nearly as bad for as long as it did on Monday.
Yesterday I was happy to trot through a nice little jog in wind with gusts up to 35. It felt good for all four miles including a 400ish meter pick up I did at the 2.5 mark. My legs were the freshest they’ve been in quite a while and this morning I felt great. I slept like a champ, my body seems happy with a little work to do and my attitude has definitely improved. Three days off when I should be peaking isn’t ideal but I needed it. I’ve reset my mind and totally taken the pressure off to perform at a high level on race day. I’ll be running 26.2 miles, not racing them. Yes, I’ll still be shooting for a 3:30 but a 3:45 won’t crush me like it would have a week ago. There’s always another marathon, right?
I’ll be taking this more relaxed attitude into tomorrow’s 20 miler. Who cares what happens? I know I’ll finish. With my new marathon training plan in place, I’ll still have plenty of time to taper and the chance to get things right heading onto the race course.
Have you ever changed your plan so close to race day? Why?