The WDW Marathon is just about 20 weeks away (when did that happen?!), which means I really need to finalize my training plan! I've been avoiding a training plan for awhile, mostly because I'm in denial that I'm actually going to attempt a marathon, let alone possibly complete it.
I looked at a few different training plans- the official runDisney/Jeff Galloway plan and Hal Higdon's novice 1 &2 plans. A few things I noticed- Galloway's plan goes all the way up to 26 miles, whereas Higdon's only goes up to 20. Galloway's plan has pretty low mileage on weekdays/alternating weekends, but Higdon's has consistently higher mileage, hitting double digits on weekends and even a 10 mile weekday run.
I also took into consideration my other race plans. I have the Wine & Dine half and the Avengers half on consecutive weekend about 10 weeks before the marathon.
Last, but certainly not least, I thought about my own running habits. My regular running schedule consists of short weekday runs and a longer weekend run.
I essentially took Higdon's weekend long run plan and added Galloway's weekday running with a little boost.
- Longest run is 22 miles: A lot of folks recommended training up to 20 miles max. I'm the kind of person who likes to be able to tell myself "you've done this before, you can do it again." I'd like to have that card in my back pocket if I need it, but I also know running 26 miles can lead to injury.
- Weekday mileage: The Higdon plan looked fantastic to me, except for the longer weekday runs. There's a 10 mile weekday run a few days before running 20 miles (40 miles total that week)! I know I won't have the motivation, so I cut the weekdays back.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Tips?
Do you have a training plan for the WDW Marathon?