I have broken my training down into four parts:
- The first nine weeks will focus on building a base and preparing for my spring half-marathon.
- The following nine weeks will focus on extending my long runs, hoping to include two 20-mile runs.
- The remaining bulk of my training will focus on maintaining the distance achieved on my long runs while slowly building to a peak of 23 miles, just about 5-weeks before the marathon start.
- The final weeks of training will consist of reducing my weekly and long runs to prepare for race day.
I don't believe I will be incorporating any intervals or tempo runs into my program since I am not trying to achieve a faster pace. This is my first marathon and my goal is to finish the race strong, although I would like to finish in under 4-hours. It is hard for me to accurately guess my time since I have not run any further than 14 miles. Realistically, I am giving myself a 30-minute window, hoping to finish somewhere between 3:55 and 4:25.
More to come as training begins to take shape!