There hasn’t been any talk of training in a long time on this blog, so I wanted to change that today. Some of you may know that Rob (my husband) is training for the Cleveland Marathon on May 21st. He asked me to write him a training plan and coach him (meaning not let him slack on his training!) I thought it would be fun to share a little insight into what his training has looked like so far and how it’s going.
Cleveland Marathon Training Weeks 1-4:
This is an 18 week training plan so I wanted the first month to be easy with low mileage, and workouts that just got his legs used to moving fast again since he hasn’t trained for a race in over a year. (The first week was in a weird order because we were off for MLK day so figured he would do his harder run that day). I think a reasonable goal pace is around 8:30 but we will be assessing and revising as his training progresses.
Rob likes to run faster than what is “comfortable” so I really wanted to slow him down and get him to keep those easy runs easy. Also, I think he would often run his long runs at a hard pace which made it difficult to recover effectively. We decided to include 2 days of cross-training on the bike for now, rather than adding in another easy run.
I asked Rob to share some insight into how the first month of training has gone:
Unfortunately, for all of you expecting a really well written post you got me. Lisa asked me to give everyone an update on training for the Cleveland Marathon.
So here’s why I asked Lisa for help on this one: I’ve run 4 marathons and things go great until around mile 16-21..then those last miles are a real struggle. I’ve vowed after all of those races I would never race another marathon….and yet here we go again. The biggest reason behind these marathon collapses are a lack of training….when racing anything from a 5K to a half marathon I’ve found plenty of ways to cut corners on a way to a new PR. If you want to know what it looks like to cut corners on a marathon training plan see the photos below.
Soooo…I sucked up my pride and asked for help. My goal is to run under 4 hours (I’ve run a 4:10, 4:39, 4:08, and 4:53)
Cleveland Marathon Training Progress Weeks 1-4
The good news is that we are 4 weeks in and I’ve hit all of the targets, have not skipped any workouts, and have been able to wear plenty of my reflective gear that I got for Christmas. The bad news is that there is about 3 months left until race day.
The mileage plan is probably a bit lower than most do for their marathon training, but usually I end up dealing with foot pain at some point during the training cycle so hopefully with the lower mileage plan I will avoid that pain and Lisa will avoid hearing me complain about my foot pain.
The workout I like the least is on Wednesday. It’s X amount of time on a bike and then lower body/core. I can’t say why I exactly dislike it the most. My other bike day is on Sunday with upper body/core and I don’t mind that at all.
The mileage and long runs have been fine, but the longest run I’ve had is still only 12 miles. I know that it’s still early to be too confident in completing all of the workouts at this point.
Lisa asked me to give myself a grade and feel like so far a B+ is fair. If I can say most of the same things 3 months from now I’ll feel like I’m in the A range. I still think it’s a bit too early in the training plan to be patting myself on the back here.
Lisa here again: From my perspective, this is the longest he has been 100% consistent with following a training plan. Actually I think this may be his first time following a training plan- so I will call that a win.
P.S. What is the deal with foot injuries in our house?!
Have you ever coached a significant other for a race?
Have you ever trained for a marathon using a low mileage training plan?