I am currently training for marathon #16. I am running the Disney Marathon on January 8, 2012 and this will be 4th year in a row running Disney.
year, I ran a 4:16, 4 weeks after I ran the Honolulu Marathon.
Goofy Challenge in 2010 while coming off an achilles injury.
Pete Pfitzinger's Advanced Marathoning programs and figured I would do it again as it matches with my training goals.
I am currently using the Advanced Marathoning 2nd edition book and chose the plan that has a base of 55 miles and peaks at 70 miles. I don't think my legs can handle the 70 mile peak week, so I plan on resting on recovery run days if I am not feeling good. I ended up doing that this week as my calf felt tight and I didn't want to risk injuring it. The plans in this book seem to focus on multiple medium long runs (12+ miles) during the week as well as marathon pace running during long runs. There are some tempo runs and interval training but not near as much as I did during half marathon training. I am hoping this break from speed work allows my legs to recover quicker and put in the longer mid-week runs. I keep having to remind myself that I need to slow down for longer runs in order to get all my runs in during the week.
If you go on the Runners World forums, you will see quite a few threads on the Pfitz plans. He has lower mileage plans that peak at 55 miles that many people have used successfully as well as myself.
So we will see how training goes. I am not looking forward to the temperature dropping, but it is isn't anything I am not used to. Here is what this week looked like:
Tuesday: 9 miles w/ strides
Wednesday: 14 miles medium long
Thursday: 5 miles recovery (skipped due to calf)
Friday: 12 miles medium long
Saturday: 5 miles recovery
Sunday: 17 miles w/ 10 @ marathon pace
Again, it is a lot of miles, but at a slower pace. I think doing the longer runs during the week gives me more confidence when I am out there doing long on the weekends. Let's hope everything goes as planned and I hope to jump into a similar plan for Boston. If not I guess it will be time to re-evaluate.
What are you currently training for and what plans have you found to be successful in training?