A few minutes ago, I put my training plan on Facebook.

Then panicked.

Not because I put it out there, and thought in my head that I would be mocked for a 6 hour marathon…but because I actually am doing this again.

Then I looked at it, and I thought.

I don’t want a 6 hour marathon.  I mean, I’m okay with it, but honestly, is it too much to ask to get a 5:30 marathon?

Several months ago, I said I want a 5 hour marathon.  That was before the LA Marathon.

I am resigning myself to slowing down on regular training runs.  A whole minute per mile.

I am 52.  53, in February.

I know I don’t have the DNA to be a fast runner, but I do have the heart and desire to do better than I did.

So, the other day, I sat down with three running plans:  Higdon, Hanson, Runners World.  I loathe the 20 miler, and Higdon is famous for that.  Runners World seemed too focused on the long run.  Several 20 milers, and running 4 days a week.

So, why did I pick Hanson?

Is it the 5-6 days of running?  Is the lack of the 20 miler…topping out at the 16 miler?

Sorta.  I love Hanson training.  I didn’t get really sick of it before LA, until the last month…when it was 8,8,8,8,8, all the time.

I reflected on all my training plans.  For NIKE, my virgin marathon, I did TNT plan, which, in retrospect is really to get people across the finish line.  It still is my PR, at 5:57:xx.  LA Marathon, and MCM, I used a long distance coach.  In LA, I bonked at Mile 18 due to vertigo and dehydration, and at MCM, running with him, I mentally collapsed as soon as he complimented me.  I threw in the towel mentally around mile 14.  It wasn’t the plan, and it wasn’t him.  It was my head.  I used Higdon on my first half marathon, and simply didn’t like it.

Then.  LAMarathon in 2011, I told my coach I wanted to do Hanson, because I was dating Harley Guy, and was sick of traveling out of town to see him, then spending 3 hours running.  He set me up with a fantastic plan.  RUNNINGRUNNINGRUNNING all the time.

But, as I reflect on that marathon, the monsoon marathon, I remember that even at mile 22 or so, I knew my feet could handle it.  Winds whipping, pounding rain, and a chatty Kathy in my ear (thank you Shiloh!), I finished at 6:04, but I didn’t want to die, and I guess that’s been the defining factor.

I didn’t want to die.

I spent the rest of the year recovering mentally from that training schedule, but when I reflect, it’s the one that got me to the finish strongly.

So, I hesitate to do this, to call it, but here is the plan.  I spent one whole day crafting it, looking like a mad scientist with plans laid out all over my desk.

I start tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I don’t know if I will keep the plan the whole way through, because everyone manipulates plans due to life stuff, but here it is.

I have a few more races I want to add, and the Modesto Half Marathon, or pacing my pal Glenn in LA, but here it is.

I’m shooting for a 6 hour marathon where I don’t die.  Please don’t laugh. 🙂

5 thoughts on “I hesitate to do this.

  1. Who would laugh? Only an idiot who has not run a marathon himself. A marathon finish where you don’t die is respectable at any time, 6 hours or whatever. It has been my whole goal in my last 4 marathons to “not die”. Marathons are hard. It sounds like you picked the right plan for you. And anyone who did that monsoon race this past March and felt like they weren’t dying when they finished definitely did something right.

  2. Good luck! I’ll be happy to finish my first marathon before they shut down the finish line!! 😉

  3. Linda!!! Your post really spoke to me. You can do this!!!! I have had such a hard time with running lately. I felt like I was going to die in my last marathon almost a month ago (Philly, 5:58), and I’m hoping I wont die during goofy! Your plan looks great!! I would like to try the Hanson Plan but I don’t have large blocks of time for runs during the week, so it would never work for me. Keep it up girl!! Keep on running!!

  4. Glad to see you’re coming around. To slowing down that is…. I’m not sure I’m doing L.A. this year. I have an ultra on my calendar in May. I’m not real excited about paying lots of dough for a training run.

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