Marathon training and workout scheduling

Good morning, lovelies!  I got up bright and early (5:15 am!) to get ready for a 30 minute running workout.  I’m happy to say, I got my workout in.  Jetta curled up and dozed on her doggie bed in the basement, shooting me looks every once in a while that said, “We’re not supposed to be up yet.  Why are we up?”  She’s a nap-capable puppy, which means she fits in perfectly with our family, since Sean is the most nap-capable person I know.  I am the polar opposite, however… I hate naps.  Maybe I don’t know how to nap, but nearly every time I nap (unless I’m hella sick), I wake up feeling worse than when I decided to lie down.

Aaaaaanyway, I digress.  2nd running workout of the week is complete.  I know that once marathon training starts (in THREE weeks!  EEEEE!), I’ll be on the hook for 3x/wk running workouts, so I figured I’d set the precedent for the weeks leading up to the start of training.

What’s on my mind today is scheduling.  I have all sorts of things I want to do in the workout realm, and I just have to figure out how to fit it all in in a sustainable way.  I don’t want to set up some schedule that works so badly, I don’t do any of it.  So, here’s what I’m thinking.  I’m updating a spreadsheet as I write this and using this space to refine my thoughts.  My marathon training schedule is Jeff Galloway’s 30-week run/walk training schedule (not for time goal, just to finish the race!).

I need to run 3x/wk.  Per my training schedule, that’s Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.

Monday will be my one rest day for the week.  It works well because it’s generally after my long run.

I would like to swim 3x/wk, but I also want to keep my butt on the bike regularly over the winter, so I’m going to scale that back to swim 2x/wk.  One of those 2 will be at my Sunday swim lesson at the U.  And then bike 1x/wk (I have a bike trainer in the basement… just need to put the bike on it!).  I can ramp up run and bike once the marathon’s over for Mpls Duathlon training.

I started a yoga class a few weeks ago and I’d like to keep up at least a 1x/wk yoga class.  That should move to Saturdays once my Wed class is done in 2 weeks (will be good to stretch out and center myself before my long run on Sunday. Actually, I think I’ll add in the BodyFlow class.  A combo of Yoga and Pilates.  Sounds good to me!

And there are other fitness classes at the Y I’d like to try (Zumba, BodyPump/BodyStep, Kickboxing, Mat Pilates, water workouts, etc.).  I suspect I won’t be trying most of them till after marathon training is over, however.

So I have Wednesday and Friday unaccounted for, and 1x/wk swim and 1x/wk bike to schedule.  I think I’m going to try BodyFlow on Saturday morning and then swim after that.  And I can bike on Friday morning at home on the trainer.

I can do BodyPump on Thursday evenings at the Y, and if I feel energetic Tuesday or Friday, I can do a workout after work there as well.

I think I have my schedule.  I realize this sounds like a lot, but I need to get my exercise minutes up there as a part of getting stronger and leaner, and this is the way to be able to do what I want to do.  If I feel tired in any given week, the Body* classes at the Y are what I leave out, as the other stuff is a “must complete.”

Monday = off

Tuesday = 30 minute run at home

Wednesday = morning swim @ the Y for 30-45 min

Thursday = morning 30 min run at home, evening 60 min BodyPump class @ the Y

Friday = morning bike 45-60 min at home

Saturday = morning 60 min BodyFlow class @ the Y, then swim afterward for 30-45 min

Sunday = long, slow run, varied mileage… the highest mileage weeks (the 20, 23, and 26 mile runs), I’ll likely not do BodyPump and BodyFlow at the Y during the week, but I think I can manage the classes and the mileage.




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4 Responses to Marathon training and workout scheduling

  1. Manda says:

    Such an awesome schedule. I’ve not created a single workout schedule for myself during this entire journey – you inspire me! I am so jealous of all those classes too. I am excited for you, really, to watch this training happen :)

  2. Kellybee says:

    I couldn’t have done anything I’ve done without a schedule. Somewhere, upstairs, I have the schedule I used to get through C25K in 28 weeks.

    Something about being able to check off a box that says, “This is a step I need to take to get to my goal, and it’s DONE!” appeals to me. Besides, I get to create a spreadsheet. I’m good at that.

    Sadly, creating this schedule means I don’t get to try most of those classes, not yet, but once I am past marathon training, I hope to insert classes where marathon training was.

    And I’m combining marathon training with learn-to-swim, and keep-butt-on-bike-a-little-over-the-winter, which makes this busier than it might have been. But I think I can handle the workouts… if I can’t, I have ways to tweak it.

    But thank you for the support. I’ll need it particularly at week 17, 20, 23, and 26, when I run that many miles on each of those long run days. :) Up to then, all the long runs are distances I’ve done before, thanks to my 14.9 mi HM in October… I know I can do the 14 mile run in week 15! :)

    If I could have figured out how to share the spreadsheet in this post, I would have. It looks pretty, and will look even better as I start checking off completed days!

  3. Kat says:

    It’s good that you’re creating a plan now – beyond the sheer exhaustion of marathon training, I was absolutely astonished by how much time it ate up! I was running lots before I started my program, but the way that long runs take over your weekends is a totally different ballgame.

    Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. You’re on the right side of the coin. Good luck!

  4. Kellybee says:

    Thanks, Kat! I am fortunate that with a 30 week training program, I only have to worry about 2 30-min run/walk workouts during the workweek, and then Sunday is my long run day. I’m used to spending up to 3.5 hours doing workouts up to 15 miles in length, so it’ll just be the 4 long runs after that that take more time than I had previously. It’s not insurmountable.

    I am the sort that needs to start with a plan. Plans can morph and change, but I need a strong starting point. We’ll see how it goes.

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