Tomorrow is the big day. My Twin Cities Marathon training is kicking off.
I LOVE the start of a new marathon training cycle. I love the discipline involved with training – getting up early and getting my run in. Eating (somewhat) better. Drinking (somewhat) less. Making fitness and health a priority, which in turn makes me happier and more productive in other areas of life.
Starting a new marathon training cycle is even more sweet this time, after nearly a YEAR off of true marathon training, thanks to multiple stress fractures and other health and life issues. I am feeling really good – with solid base mileage under my belt, strong legs and lungs, and a positive attitude.
I am also very excited about the training plan that I’ll be following this time. After looking through the ones that I’ve previously followed (Daniels, Pfitz, Lifetime, Coach MG plan, Hansons), I have decided to go with something completely different. I’ll be following the Ultimate 26.2 Level Up Marathon Training Plan by my besties from Run The Edge.
Can a training plan that looks like a hyped up version of Chutes and Ladders seriously prepare me for running 26.2 miles? Stay tuned. I’ll be sharing more details about the plan, and why I chose it, in future blog posts.*
Wheeee! Let the training begin!
*Disclaimer: Run the Edge gave me the training plan free. I’d like to think it’s because these elite author runners recognize talent and charm when they see it. In truth, I think they may be a bit afraid of my stalker like obsession with them and they thought free stuff might appease me.