Though this was keeping no one up at night -- except maybe me -- some of you might be interested to know I've officially decided to train for the ING New York City Marathon using the 16-week Bart Yasso program that appears in the July issue of Runner's World magazine.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The plan includes two rest days a week (I'll probably swim on those days), three easy days a week, one day of hard work (hills or speed), and one weekly long run. Longest long run is 22 miles, in Week 13; that's also the highest-mileage week (48).
(Wish I could pass along a link to the Yasso/RW plan, but for some reason, I can't seem to find it on the Runner's World Web site. If someone's located it, please let me know!)
I'm switching my long-run day from Sunday to Saturday, which means I have to do some minor tinkering toward the end since "Race Day" no longer matches up. I'll also face an interesting challenge later this summer when I'll be needing to log a 30-plus-mile week ... while on vacation in Spain.
Over the past five weeks, I've averaged a little over 25 miles a week. Week 1 of the Yasso plan calls for 25 miles total. This is an "intermediate" program recommended for someone who's run at least one marathon. (And NYC will be my first, as you may know -- I just started running last September, have run four half-marathons, and have never run longer than about 15 miles. Feel free to criticize my judgment.)
NYC is Sunday, Nov. 1, which means I'll start on the plan the week of July 12. The competitive side of me is shooting for a 3:30 marathon. The practical side of me will be happy to break four hours. Wish me luck.
Running a marathon this fall? What plan are you following?
Posted by Theoden Janes at 5:00 PM