The Plan

Hello beautiful humans and happy Valentine’s Day! Or, as my mom calls it, happy Love-of-Chocolate Day! I have already had one Reese’s heart and I might have another because I am nothing if not a lover of chocolate, especially if it’s filled with peanut butter.

Today, I thought I’d give you a quick explanation of my training for marathon #2. My hope is that this will answer any questions any of you have about how I’m approaching this training while in law school.

Okay, so, if you’re new here, hello and welcome! I ran my first marathon, San Francisco, last year. I am planning to run the Utah Valley Marathon this June and so I am currently in Week 2 of 18.

I decided to use Hal Higdon’s novice 1 program again. You can find it here. I considered doing the Novice 2 plan but I have no idea how busy school will be this semester so I decided to play it safe and stick with lower mileage so I don’t stretch myself too thin. I might run my midweek runs a little longer than the plan calls for but I’m going to try to keep the long runs where they are.

I am going to run Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Saturday is obviously my long run and this time, it works out even better because the marathon is on a Saturday, too! Monday and Friday will be easy ‘recovery’ days. Wednesday will be either a tempo, track, or hill workout. I do want to throw in a couple of fast-finish long runs so whatever week I do that, I’ll ease up on the speed.

In addition to running, I am going to cross train by lifting weights 3-4 times a week. Legs on Tuesday, upper body on Thursday and Sunday, and then core on Friday. I also want to incorporate legs into one of the upper body days. I know what you’re thinking, that I should have a rest day in there, and I agree. Once my mileage gets really high, I will add a full day of rest. But for now, my mileage is low and I want to move my body as much as feels good.

Obviously, stretching and foam-rolling go in there too but I’m just going to work it in when it makes sense.

As for diet, I am trying to eat more ketogenic and have been doing intermittent fasting 3 days a week since school started. I don’t know how or if this will change once I run in the mornings during the week but I like the added focus intermittent fasting brings me, especially in Contracts.

I will update you as to how this all works out with law school. Every time I tell someone at school that I’m training for another marathon, they are blown away. I’m probably crazy for trying to do both but oh well. I don’t like things to be easy.

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