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The Plan

I have less than a month and a half of marathon training left. I love running, but I am seriously ready for training to be over. It can’t come soon enough. I want to run this race already!

I’m looking forward to so many things after training, including a drop in mileage, sleeping in on Saturday mornings, and having an actual life that includes getting more than 5 hours of sleep a night.

So here’s the plan: I’m going to do more strength training because I really miss it. Going to Crossfit last night after being away for 2 ½ months made me realize that. I like being strong and I’ve lost a lot of strength in the past 2 months. I want to keep running but I’m so over a running schedule. It takes the fun out of it. So instead of running on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday like training requires – I’m going to schedule my runs around strength training instead of the other way around.

I hope to keep my running at 3 days a week and my long run will be whenever I feel like it. If I eat a crap ton on Wednesday, then I’ll do my long run Wednesday night. If I’m not feeling it during the week, I’ll wait till Sunday. Long runs at night rarely work for my stomach (because of sugar in foods I eat during the day), but I don’t care. I know what to do for races now if I don’t want to poop during them. I’ll poop all I want during training runs, thankyouverymuch.

Since the weather will be cooling off in a month or two, I’ll be able to run outside in the evenings and not die. I can’t wait for the weather to stop being a bitch.

I’m going to incorporate fast sprints back into my training (not just “5k pace” which doesn’t always challenge me in short distances). I really think sprints increased my speed last year. I’m going to test that theory again this year. Maybe I can get that sub-2 hour half finally that my colon does not want me to have.

So what I’m saying is, I can’t wait for half marathon season. Half marathons are the JAM. They are my favorite distance and I’m already registered for a few of them.

Las Vegas Rock n Roll on December 4:

Miami ING Half Marathon on January 29:

Sarasota Half Marathon on March 11: (This was my PR race last year.)

I’m also eyeing these beauties:

Inaugural St. Pete Rock n Roll Half Marathon on February 12:

Gasparilla Half Marathon (My favorite race of all the races in the land.) March 4:

Only a month and a half to go and I can put all my plans into action. A less structured schedule will make for a much happier me. I’m sure wanting marathon training over makes me less of a runner somehow, but so be it. I feel like it’s been going forever now. I’m sooooo over you marathon training.

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