12 marathons. 12 months.
Suddenly I hear the ticking clock – only 10 days until my first marathon of 2010!
I delayed posting about my upcoming races because I was trying to finalize my race calendar while determining which of my 12 marathons will be considered “A Events” (to be discussed later).
I almost have my entire race calendar penned but I am still searching for a California marathon for the months of August and September. I may change my she dule as I find more interesting races, but I won’t deviate from my goal of 12 marathons in 12 months.
Everyone seems to be curious as to how I am going to do this: What is my strategy? Which training programs will I depend on to get me through this tough year? Understandably there is also a lot of concern about injuries considering my lack of recovery time between races. I obviously asked myself all these questions and I still ask myself questions as I fine tune a few things here and there. Luckily, my 2009 year ended with a marathon so I started 2010 with a running base already established. For that race (CIM), I followed an 18-week program by Hal Higdon ( Advanced II). I won’t necessarily follow this program again (it was great but I have discovered my own program according to my needs), but I will maintain my weekly mileage of 50-60 miles per week including one track workout. You can check out Hal’s training programs on his webiste — he has programs for all levels.
Yesterday while drafting up this blog, I happened to run across an article from Active.com titled, “The ABCs of Planning your Race Schedule.” I felt like this article was written just for me (wink) and I decided to use their terminology and method of dividing my races into A, B and C events to help get me through my year-end goal while placing an emphasized focus on a few key events.
A Events will be the marathons that I race all out. I have two of these marathons on my calendar – LA Marathon (3/21) and ING NY (11/07). I will definitely go for a PR (regardless of course differences when comparing to CIM). These races will require strategic planning, and of course, tapering. I will want to be as fresh as possible when I am on the starting line. Last year I joined LA Roadrunners (LARR) to train for LA Marathon 2010. Since my goal at the time of joining was CIM, I kept to my CIM training program and adjusted my LARR training accordingly (mostly cutting the long runs short as I got closer to my race). Once CIM (A Event) was over, I put my next focus on LA Marathon (no longer a B Event).
Time Goal: 3:20:52 (~7:40 pace)
B Events Most of my marathons this year will fall into this category – races that are no doubt important, but secondary to A Events. Running smart will take precedence over timed goals. This doesn’t mean that I won’t put effort into these races I just have to remember that I need to run ALL 12. Running on ego won’t allow me to do that. Tapering will be minimal (if I tapered for every race, my schedule would be only a few short runs, lots of rest and then a bunch of 26 milers) and I will use these races as a long training day.
Time Goal: 3:40-4:00 (~8:45 to 9:15 pace)
C Events will be other races I throw into the schedule that aren’t related to my goal. Mostly fun 5Ks and 10ks (like turkey trots, Bay to Breaker type-of-events and other races that have cool swag-shirts). With less than two weeks before CIM, I ran a C Event on Thanksgiving morning – a 5k turkey trot. I literally trotted long, crossing the finish line in 24:03.
Thank you for following me on this journey. Your support is tremendous and greatly appreciated.