Disney Marathon Training Plan

I FINALLY got around to creating my training plan for the Disney Marathon!

Here it is! My Disney Marathon Training Plan !!

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You may notice it looks a little all over the place. That is because I tailored a plan to fit my schedule, and my life. There really is no ONE right way to train. Every person is different, and my schedule is perfect for me!

 

Some aspects about the plan:

 

1. Only 4 days a week running. I am extremely busy with school, and this will keep me sane. There is NO need for me to train 5,6, or 7 days a week!

 

2. All rest days are not really created equal.  I plan to incorporate strength training, core work, yoga, and cross-training (like biking) if time permits. However, Monday I have ZERO time to dedicate to exercise, so that will be my official “do nothing” rest day.

 

3. Quality vs. Quantity: Since I’m only running 4 days per week, I am making the most of my runs. There isn’t a lot of room for “easy” runs in my plan. Example, today’s scheduled 4.0 miler is going to be speed intervals, not just plain Jane 4.0 miles at easy pace. Following?

 

4. Long Runs are Random: The days of my long runs are all over the place, but I tried my best to not have two long runs less than 7 days apart. I only have one 20 miler scheduled because my marathon goal is just to finish!

 

5.  Subject to Change. While I would like to say my plan is concrete, it’s only just about to be poured. The reinforcing is in place, and I’m ready to pour, just going to take it one run at a time! Sometimes life gets in the way, minor injuries pop up, etc. I’ll do my best to follow this plan, but there are no guarantees!

 

So… what do you guys think of my plan?

 

Lunch

I’ve been a busy bee this morning, taking tests, and studying for the next. I made another quick and easy meal:

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Couscous literally takes 5 minutes to make. While it was in the pot doing its thing, I heated up leftover tofu, leftover peas, and chopped some grape tomatoes. Combined it on a plate, snapped some pics, and enjoyed!

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Off to study some more before class!

I have a 4.0 miler on the schedule today, but it’s SO hot out. I may have to hop on the dreadmill. 😦

 

❤ MegaNerd

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21 Responses

  1. Hey! I’m running Disney World too. I ran it last year also and it’s SUCH a fun race!!! What kind of speed/”quality” runs are you planning on your non-long-run days??

  2. Great job on buckling down and making a plan. It sounds like it will work for YOU, so that’s what matters!

  3. Congrats on making a plan! Life gets in the way of what we’d rather be doing sometimes…hang in there! And enjoy your mini-vacations:)

  4. I think your plan sounds great! I like the only 4 days a week…I think where I have gone wrong in the past is doing too much, too many days.

    Good luck!! 🙂

  5. Looks good- it is SO hard figuring out plans to take into account all the rules, the races you want to do and your life!

    Remember that “quality” doesn’t equal “speed” and “easy” doesn’t equal “junk miles”. I think you would benefit from making one of those 4 days an easy run- i.e, HR below 155 or 10:00 min pace.

  6. Totally loving the plan!!!

    I am a organization girl myself and I believe that is key to keeping sane with a busy schedule!

    I did one for my 10K Training Plan (not as fancy as yours but adequate) and I love it, makes me not feel so overwhelmed by it all.

    BEST OF LUCK TO YOUR TRAINING!

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a “100 Pound” weight loss)

  7. I just got caught up on your morning–I would have to agree on the NC weather! I live there now and it is LOVELY!

  8. Love the training plan! It’s awesome that you’ve put it together 🙂 Lookin’ gooood!
    Speaking of looking good, Your food! YUMMA! Looks delish!

  9. I will be there too but we are doing the HALF marathon! So stoked!!!

  10. great schedule! i am the same way, i plan my runs around my life, not the other way around. i need to create a running schedule, right now i just do whatever i can when i can. i am kind of all over the place! you have inspired me to make a schedule!

  11. love the plan megan!
    jenna

  12. I love that you made a tailor made schedule. your so right when it comes to doing it this way because everyone is so different and you can’t stick to a fixed schedule when it doesnt work for you! Next time i’m doing a half or a full perhaps, i think i’m going to do it this way instead of following a pre-made schedule!

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  13. I think your method is so smart. The best thing to do is make a plan work for your life and your schedule because if not it is so much more difficult to stick to!

  14. This sounds perfect for you! There is no reason to try and schedule anything more than you can handle at this time in your life. You will be just fine, regardless of how rigid you plan may be.

    Hope the 4 miles went well. 🙂

  15. congrats on the training plan, its important to make something that works for you!

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