Grandma’s Marathon Training – The Plan + Weeks 1 & 2

I know, I know.  I’m starting a little late with this.  Normally, I would have posted my training plan prior to day 1 of training, and then started in with the weekly recaps – but I decided to do this about 10 minutes ago, so I’m going to have to get you all caught up pretty quickly.

I’ve decided to post on my marathon training again.  Mostly, because it helps me with my accountability.  Plus, figuring out what I’m going to write about gives me something to think about while I’m running.  Also, I am trying something different this year – I’ve started following a keto diet (still paleo, though) with the goal of moving away from carb loading and fueling for distance runs and races.  Finally, I gave up wine and need to keep myself busy in the evenings until I hit the point in training where I can’t keep myself up past 8:30.

The race – why Grandma’s?  It was totally an impulsive decision, fueled by a super-fun race weekend at the Rehoboth Half last December with some Oiselle ladies.  I knew a few people who signed up and on a race weekend high, I just clicked myself into a marathon.  I don’t regret it at all, fortunately.  I’ve never been to Duluth and I think it’s going to be a beautiful race and a fun weekend.

The plan – I’m following the Hanson’s Beginners plan again.  Since I didn’t complete a successful marathon training cycle last year, I’m still sticking with the beginners (not very accurately named, incidentally.)  For the first five weeks, I’ve incorporated some fairly heavy cross-training.  I’ll be strength training in the gym with my trainer twice a week (one half hour, one hour session) and then three Orangetheory classes a week, in addition to my planned mileage.  I know that my cross-training will wind down as my mileage increases, so I want to try and maximize that time now while my mileage is ramping up and all easy paced.

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The goal – I’m not sure yet.  I know I want to beat my PR time of 4:32:38 but I haven’t decided on a target time or range.  Since I’m running Chicago in October (and possibly Richmond in November), I don’t think I should go all out because I will literally run Grandma’s in June, take off two weeks to recover, and will then resume training right around week 5 or 6 for Chicago.  I’ve got another month to make a command decision and will be asking some of my more experienced running friends for their opinions.

Week 1 Recap

I’ll just post a quick snapshot (literally) for week 1.  It’s not really fresh in my mind and in truth, wasn’t all that exciting.

Week 2 Recap

I’ll start back with my typical daily recaps next week, as this blog is starting to get long-winded.  Week 2 potentially looked to be a little challenging as I started my keto cleanse and dropped my carbs to under 20 grams a day and started intermittent fasting.  However, the physical effects didn’t really seem to impact my workouts significantly.  I ran 7.3 miles on Saturday after fasting for 13 hours and while I did feel like I was dragging towards the end of the run, it didn’t feel any different than if perhaps I was just having an off day where I wasn’t feeling the run.  I finished up to plan – although I’m definitely feeling all the cross-training workouts.

I believe that catches us up.  I’ll be posting workouts and runs during the week on my Instagram, along with pictures of my comically tiny dog.

I’m also linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC for her Training Recap linkup. Be sure to check out how Courtney the other great bloggers joining the linkup are doing on their spring marathon and half marathon training.

Any other Spring/Summer marathoners out there?  What are you training for and how are things going?  Have a great week!




Running for Medals. And Bacon.

6 thoughts on “Grandma’s Marathon Training – The Plan + Weeks 1 & 2

  1. I have a few friends that have run Grandma’s and they had nothing but good things to say about the race 🙂 I’m sure it will be an awesome race experience for you!

    Great job with your training for weeks 1 & 2! I look forward to following your training journey.

    I’m currently training for the Shamrock Marathon. I’m now in my taper period and I couldn’t be happier, LOL.

    1. Thank you! It’s too early for me to be jealous of you being in taper but I know how sweet it is to be there. Good luck at Shamrock! Hope the weather is good for you, I know it’s been rough the last few years.

    1. Thank you! That’s awesome you are training for your first half – which race are you running? Totally normally to have some fears – I know I did. Best of luck on your training, although I’m planning on swinging by your blog to see how you’re doing, too.

  2. I love how much cross training you’re getting in at the gym! All that strength training is really going to help with the marathon training. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Grandma’s, I wish I’d run Chicago, and Richmond was perhaps my last ever marathon (great race, just wish I didn’t have an injury in the making that day).

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