With Grandma’s Marathon less than a week away (eeeeeeeeeee!!), I thought it would be fun to put together a recap of my training cycle. Grandma’s had been on my race bucket list for quite a while by the time I registered. If you live in the midwest, and especially Minnesota, you know all about Grandma’s. I was coming off a failed training cycle for Twin Cities Marathon due to a tibial stress fracture and in desperate need of a new race to dream about while I healed up. Grandma’s was the obvious answer — I signed up the day registration opened in October.
I was already registered for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, so I decided to use half marathon training as a way to build a solid base before training for the full. My training for the half went really well, despite the fact that I had to complete pretty much all of my runs on the treadmill due to the severe cold in Minnesota (oh hey polar vortex). I ended up getting terribly sick with a severe chest cold the week before the race and didn’t think I would make it to Florida — thankfully, I was able to get well enough to get on the plane and the humid air in Orlando did *wonders* for my lungs. My race pace was super slow, but I had the absolute time of my life running through Magic Kingdom with my best friend.
I had a full week of rest between the Princess Half and starting Grandma’s Marathon training, which allowed me to recover fully from both the half marathon and my awful chest cold. I used a pretty standard beginner’s training plan from Marathon Training Academy to get ready for Grandma’s. I ran three days a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), cross-trained two days a week (Wednesdays and Sundays) and rested two days a week (Mondays and Fridays). To be honest, my cross-training efforts fell by the wayside in May when I started to hit those really high mileage long runs. The training plan topped out at 20 miles and included a three week taper.
Here’s a look at how I did:Continue reading “Training Recap: My Build for Grandma’s Marathon”