Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stressing About My Training Schedule

Currently I am 10 days out from the marathon and I am still giving my body a break.  I have run multiple times and my legs are feeling pretty good.  I promised myself that I would not push hard to get back into training for at least two weeks.  I know I beat up my body pretty hard during my training and the marathon.  The problem with not running for me is that I get all my good thinking done when I am running.  Running de-stresses me and gives me energy.  So going on my 2nd week of VERY limited running, I am itching to get outside.  I need my time in my head, and I need that energy.  As you will see from the following ramblings, my thoughts are all jumbled up inside.  One week and I will be back to the road!

I start training for the Boston Marathon on Monday.  To say my road to get here was easy would be a lie.  My first attempt at qualifying for Boston was in October of 2009.  I had only been running for two years and at the time, I thought I was in perfect shape to qualify.  Looking back and reading the race report, I know I wasn't ready.  I crashed pretty hard and it was a death march to the finish line.

Now two years later, and I am a totally different runner.  I am confident, I am strong, and I am ready to tackle the race that I have been planning to run for five years.  Toeing the starting line is no longer a fear to me.  I have been to the starting line of 16 marathons.  I love the atmosphere and I know at that moment there is nothing more that I can do to change the outcome of my race but run.

Training for said marathon is a whole different story.  Choosing a training plan and executing that training plan can determine the outcome of my race.  A decision I make today will effect how I run in 12 weeks.  I have made bad training plan decisions in the past and have gotten to the starting line not as prepared as I had hoped.  I am hoping to avoid this mistake so I have been staring at training programs for the past week.
For Disney, I went with an Advanced Marathoning program and my plan all along has been to repeat my same training for Boston.  It took me three days of reading and studying plans to come right back to where i started.  The Pfitzinger book has produced the best results for me and I am not willing to try something new with only 12 weeks to go.  I plugged my workouts into my calendar and then started reading to make sure they fit with my weekend scheduling.

Through February, I am completely satisfied with the schedule.  I have a few marathon pace long runs and not too hard long runs during the week.  This doesn't stress me out.
March on the other hand, stresses me out.  First Boston, is on a Monday and not a Sunday.  Based on my current plan, my last 20 mile run will be greater than 21 days from the marathon.  I am considering adding in another 20 mile run for the Saturday of March 31st, but then my whole schedule just blows up.  Also, I am considering running my long runs with a running group on Saturdays.  They go to the Boston course and this seems like a good idea.  In terms of my training plan, this doesn't work at all and would cause me to rework everything.  The annoying thing to me is, I know whatever I plan on doing won't make any difference physically.  I have done this training program before and it is tough.  I know that sticking to exactly what it says and changing nothing will produce the results that I am looking for.  So why am I stressing over adding 3 miles or moving a day here and there?  

I can tell you why I am stressing.....I was one of the unlucky persons with a Boston qualifying time that barely got me into the race.  They took everyone that was faster than BQ-1:07, and I was BQ-2:07. I sat for a week staring at my computer waiting to get this...
I want to show up for the Boston Marathon in the best position that I can put myself.  And just like on the day of the marathon, I have to trust that I can get myself to where I need to be.

Do you tend to over-think things or do you just trust your instincts? OR do you have a coach that you can trust to get you to that starting line and if so, how did you find your coach?



20 comments:

Enduranceisntonlyphysical said...

I have a coach! I trust him to adjust my plan weekly based on my progress. (my coach is Adam www.theboringrunner.com) Good luck with training!

Runthelongroad said...

i'm a coach and my own coach :) i always overthink things. all. the. time. i do what works best for me. after 9 marathons, i know my running self pretty well. i also rely heavily on my gut, since i tend to overthink things :) i do a 2-week taper so my 22-miler will be on march 31 for boston.

Penny said...

I am really impressed with how much you've put into your plan! I absolutely overthink things. Remember - a big part of this is mental - you'll do just fine!

Stephanie said...

I think we have learned that minus getting you a really profesional coach. you are your best coach, you just have to trust yourself! As for moving the days, lets just take it day by day week by week and see how your body handles it.

Laura said...

I'm right with you on not letting myself run much yet, despite needing that energy boost! I'm hoping a spin class tonight will help a little. But it is the perfect time to obsess over training schedules! You run many more miles/week than I do, so I really don't know... other than, it seems like it's always a fine line between pushing ourselves enough to be prepared to run well, yet not too much that we're injured or overtrained come race day. Good luck! I'm sure you'll find the right balance. A coach would be nice, but like others said, you really are the one who knows your body best and your limits.

JunieB said...

I definitely overthink/overanalyze. Sometimes. Depends on if I feel confident in my training. Thats where my coach comes in. He always preaches TRUST your training. It helps. My first marathon I did on my own and it was horrible. Then someone who read my blog here in houston told me about a coach/training group and I have been with him ever since. I dont know what I would do without him.

runningforthekitchen said...

i know that must be stressful, but bad or good, YOU ARE RUNNING BOSTON!!! i hope you find the right balance and feel confident in your training. i am SO excited for you. i cant wait to run Boston someday!

Michele Gonzalez said...

You training schedule is INTENSE!! WOW! That's some serious miles! I agree with not deviating too far from your previous plan - if it worked, then you shouldn't try to change too much.
One of the hardest things for me about Boston (and NYC) was running SO much later than I was used to. At the time I was a 5am runner - making the transition to 10AM (or later) was what I started to work on later on in the training.
I think running the boston course a few times is a great idea ! It might be worth it to rework your schedule so that your long runs are on monday...
Regardless of what you do, you will do AWESOME!!!! =)

robinbn said...

I hadn't considered Monday long runs. Hmmm, more to think about. :)

robinbn said...

Are you going to run Boston next year? :)

robinbn said...

I overanalyze everything. For the most part, I have been more successful when I trusted a book than when I went with what someone has helped me put together. I am always just wondering if I can do more.

robinbn said...

I enjoy making my own schedules, I just questions myself. And yes, resting is no fun. I am ready to get going on my training again. What is next for you?

robinbn said...

Yes, trust myself. It is so hard to do though. :)

robinbn said...

Thanks. I have learned learned the mental aspect of racing and now need to work on the mental aspect of training. UGH. :)

robinbn said...

I am really going to look at the 2 week taper. Have you done it before? How does it work out for you? What does your final week of mileage leading up to the 22 miler look like?

robinbn said...

I love his blog. Thanks for the recommendation!

runningforthekitchen said...

I sure hope so! I ran a BQ-2:25 and I really hope that's fast enough to register. I'm giving it another go in April so hopefully I can get an even better time

robinbn said...

I have read that with the new standards, if you BQ'd you will most likely be in. I got in last year with BQ-2:07, so I would bet you are more than safe! :) But yes, I will be working to dropping my time a bit as well in April. And I can't wait to meet you when you do run Boston. :)

runningforthekitchen said...

That do reassuring to hear!!! I just feel like I can't be confident about it because marathons are so new to me. But I am dying to run it! Thanks for letting me know. You're going to do great in April! That would be so exciting to meet in boston

See Mom Run Far said...

I love love love how similar we are. I did the exact same thing...reread all my training books and decided right back on Advanced Marathoning. Then I went crazy writing out my schedule, and stressing about going from long runs on Fridays to race day on Monday and not wanting too long or too short of a taper. (I just moved my last 20 miler to the Monday that is 3 weeks before Boston and will do the 3 week taper from there). I will say it again... great minds think alike. :) Hugs! :)