I just finished entering my 16 week training program for the Philadelphia Marathon into a calendar. In a way it felt strange to be doing that so soon after the Ottawa Marathon but at the same time it won’t be long before I have to start focusing my training toward my choice of fall marathon.
Once again I have used the advanced plan from Bart Yasso’s book and as was the case with my previous two marathons I will use it as more of a guideline as opposed to strictly following it. By that I mean I will make adjustments here and there in terms of workouts and distances.
Since Philadelphia is not until November my 16 week training plan won’t actually start until late July leaving me with over a month of running without a plan. Basically the only plan I have until then is to start building up my mileage again and to continue running 5-6 times per week.
I do plan to fit in a couple of shorter distance races over the summer to use as part of my marathon training as I did the previous two times. I have not yet made a decision but I will look to fit in at least a 10 km and maybe half-marathon between now and the fall. I say maybe a half-marathon because I am already running the Army Run in September.
I am still not in a position where I feel a sense of urgency to register for anything else. Right now I am still just enjoying running because I enjoy it.