I have been running for the past 2.5 years and have been getting stronger, faster overall, more confident in what I feel I can achieve. Today marks the beginning of my journey to become a marathon finisher.
I am following the Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 Marathon Training Plan. It is an 18 week plan that has two 20 mile runs. I have used Hal Hidgon for my half marathon trainings and his plans have worked well for me. My goal is to complete the marathon in 4 hours. That would equate to about a 9:09 min/mile average pace. I ultimately will be happy to just finish the race, but my secondary goal is to finish under 4 hours.
Now the crazy thing. I have had foot pain in the back of my heel for the past few months. It does not stop me from running, but it definitely painful for the first few miles of any run and I have had Achilles tendon tightness off and on as well. It is also really bad at night. I have had to stop and stretch my calves at times during my runs. I saw the Podiatrist and he put me on a heavy duty anti-inflammatory (7.5mg. Meloxicam) for the next 4-6 weeks. I also have to run with Superfeet insoles to add a little bit of a lift to my shoes.
Here is what my first week consists of.
Monday: Cross train (Les Mills Body Pump Class)
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 5 mile run
Thursday: 3 mile run
Saturday: 5 miles run (at race pace)
Sunday: 8 mile run
I am really excited to start my training and am very grateful that my beautiful wife is behind me in pursuing my dreams. I know that I will do fine and can’t wait to share my journey with you.