The countdown is on. Training for New York City Marathon starts on June 27th according to Coach K and I couldn’t be more excited.
Tom and I have been doing our pre-season training over here in Portugal, working out daily either by playing tennis, or attending the local gym’s boxing and beach bootcamp workout classes. They are tough, especially in the heat but I’m enjoying the feeling of working hard, getting a sweat on and slowly but surely seeing my fitness levels return.
There are no set workouts to follow, you can run when you like, enjoying yourself whilst building a base before the hard work begins.
The start of a training cycle is full of anticipation, hope, and potential…
You start to plot the times and paces that you would like to run, schedule in your rest days, organise your double day workouts and evaluate what went well and not so well during previous training cycles.
Personally, I know that the three hard workouts a week works well for me, but this time I’m adding in fun, easy watch less run to my schedule. It’s these sorts of runs I’m enjoying at the moment – last week I ran with fellow blogger Guilia around Lower Mill Estate without any clue of our pace, just chatting as we ran. Those runs and their importance are often overlooked during a 16-18 week marathon training plan.
Before you commit to a training plan (and try to work out just how many of your long runs will need to be done on a Friday due to weddings and hen dos), it’s fun to read through other bloggers training schedules – part of me is a bit tempted to try the Hanson method although I know I couldn’t run 6 days a week and maintain the strength and flexibility programme that I know this cycle needs to include. Another part of me has thought about signing up with Runner’s Connect however Kerry’s coaching is tried and tested on me, plus he’s also running NYCM so our long runs can link up…did I mention he only charges me in coffees!
New kit is one of the best things pre-training cycle, and this pre-season I’m running in my New Balance Foam Fresh 1080s, Asics Gel-DS trainers and 361° trainers (reviews coming soon!)
There is so much excitement leading up to the start of training – now pass me the coloured pens so that I can colour co-ordinate my training plan!
Who else is starting a training cycle soon? Or have you just started one?