I am officially registered for the Napa Valley Marathon and there isn’t a Half course to bail out on so I actually have to be prepared to run 26.2 miles on March 6, 2011. I’m pretty excited to run this race because the course is beautiful (and relatively flat) and they keep the field small (only 2,300 runners). Now, it’s time to think about training and injury prevention.
After some research and a recommendation from one of my running coaches, I decided that the FIRST marathon training program is the ideal plan for me. Each week, the plan calls for a track workout, a tempo run, a long run, and three cross-training workouts. I like FIRST because the emphasis on cross-training will allow me to maintain some swimming and cycling fitness so I won’t be back at square one when tri season starts.
I have a couple weeks before I officially start the training program, but I am already following the prescribed weekly schedule for my base fitness training.
Who else is running a marathon in the spring? What training plans are you using?