The 2014 Carlsbad Marathon will be on January 19, 2014. This will be the third time I’ve run this race. The course is challenging, but I like it since it is well organized and the field size is relatively small – limited to 2,000 runners. Below is my 16-week training plan. The plan entails running 3 days a week (intervals on Tuesday, tempo on Thursday, and long run on Sunday) and cross-training on the other 4 days of the week. Supplemental training includes core exercises with a kettlebell, moderate strength training (pull-ups, push-ups, and free weights), and a bit of yoga to keep somewhat limber.
About half-way through the training cycle, I plan to run the Silver Strand Half Marathon. I scheduled this half marathon to maintain some motivation during the long training cycle and provide a mid-point assessment of my fitness.
I plan to strictly adhere to the mileage and not push the pace too hard on my running workouts. In previous training cycles, I tended to put in more miles than I needed and would constantly try to increase my pacing each week. Although I had some great training runs, this was probably detrimental when it came to race day because I tended to be over train and be flat on race day. I purposely did not put in any pace times for my running workouts since I plan to go by feel – although I have a general idea as to where I would like my pace to be for each training run.
I still have two weeks before I start training, but feel pretty healthy and rested going into this next training cycle. If I can remain injury free, I think I have a very good chance of bettering my time of 3:24 from last year. Once I start training in October, I’ll post a training update each week.