But before I start getting into this week's training plan, let me first take a moment to announce the winner (selected using random.org) of the LÄRABAR giveaway. Congratulations Laura @BackstageBalance! Please send me your email address, mailing address and phone number to pass along to my LÄRABAR contact. Thank you to everyone else who entered the giveaway - I wasn't sure how it would be received but given its popularity, I may have to do another one soon :)
The exciting prize!
Anyhow, about that spring race training. My intention has been to use the Wisconsin Marathon as my goal race. However, because my base is not quite at the 40 mpw I had planned on at the start of training, I am considering shifting down to the half marathon event. Doing so would allow me to continue base building through January and start hitting workouts hard at the start of February. A solid three months of half marathon specific training could go a long way toward setting a big PR for the distance . . .
I still have a week or two before I need to make my decision. In the meantime, I'll keep training as I would for the marathon. Right now, this includes 5 days of running per week, which will increase to 6 days per week after about a month. I'm hoping to get to 40 mpw by the end of January and then increase to 50-55 mpw during the peak training weeks.
Here's this week's plan:
Monday: 4 miles at steady pace; 45 minutes strength training
Tuesday: 8 miles speedwork
Wednesday: 6 miles at easy pace; 45 minutes strength training
Thursday: 6-8 miles speedwork
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 12 miles at easy pace
Sunday: Rest Day
I'm still getting over what must be the worst cold/flu I've ever had, so hopefully I can get through all of these workouts!
I want your input: Do you think I should do the Wisconsin Marathon or the Half Marathon event? Also, tell me about your big race(s) this spring and how you plan on training for them!
On a final note, the forecast is showing 50 degrees for Saturday. Shorts in January in Wisconsin? I'll take it :)