A few of my friends will also be running the Nike Women's Marathon with me so the plan is to try to get together for runs through out the week. I'm really hoping to have a partner for the
These last 2 weeks I have been struggling, both mentally and physically, and have allowed some doubt to creep in. I think that's why I've been trying to come up with a "better" training plan, one that will suit my mentality. This is not to say that the TNT plan isn't good, believe me, it has worked to get me from 5 mile runs to 20 mile runs in 4 short months. I can't knock it, that's for sure. But because I know me, I want to tailor my plan to my current mental handicap, the one that says I can't do this and I suck.
Currently, I am leaning towards the Hansons Brooks Distance Project which seems very similar to that of Coaches Jon Sinclair and Kent Oglesby (whose mentor was Arthur Lydiard). Both plans focus on building a solid foundation by running 6+ days per week and over 100 miles collectively. Now, you may ask yourself why in the world I would want to run MORE days then I do now, but after reading some of the articles it appears that this may be the best way to get my body to adapt to the marathon distance (without feeling like I am going to quit every time I face a long run over 12 miles) and it may help get my body used to running on fat rather then muscle.
You see, as I go into week 17, with overall mileage tapering down, I can't help but notice the loss of muscle tone (mainly in my abdomen...which I just shared on my last post as being my least liked body part) and an increase in body fat. It seems ridiculous that I can run so many miles, burning over 2400 calories per long run, eat clean, and see this happening to my body. But it's not that odd of a phenomena as I have discovered. After some research I have found others having this very same issue (including personal trainers). One of the things that will help me through the Nike marathon will be to carry less weight (this will also help for the Tough Mudder in September) so it only makes sense to apply a training method that will teach my body to utilize it's fat stores rather then hoard them.
The hard part right now will be to hold off on applying any new techniques until after the San Diego Marathon on June 5. Right now I need to focus on a clean diet, proper hydration and staying healthy until the big day!! This post, by Jason at Cook Train Eat Race regarding tapering helped put these next 2 weeks into perspective.