Since I’ve been keeping this blog I have been sharing my training plans geared around key races. Typically they have been some combination of Hal Higdon’s training plans set around key race dates. This year I will be mixing things up a bit as I am also competing in my first half iron distance triathlon. So with that in mind I’ve broken my training plan up into chronological segments. Most of the running plans still rely on Hal Higdon’s plans and these are tailored in accordance with the available time between races. New this year is the triathlon training plan by David Glover from Endurance Works.
My first race of the year is the New Jersey Marathon. I will be using the full 18 week Intermediate 1 training plan. The race date is May 1st.
Once the marathon is complete I have exactly 10 weeks to go until the HITS Hudson Valley Triathlon. The training plan from Endurance Works fits into that time and I think gives me a good balance in terms of training and work/life that I can manage. Note that the triathlon training plan is all ‘time based’ rather than ‘mileage based’. I will see how this works out for me but its definitely something I will be looking into going forward.
I have 2 weeks between the Hudson Valley triathlon and the New Jersey State Triathlon (Olympic Distance) so essentially I am just repeating the first and last week of the Endurance Works plan to allow for recovery and taper time.
As I didn’t get selected in the lottery for the 2016 New York City Marathon (although my wife did) I decided that I wanted to find a goal race so I could run for a PR. Seeing as my wife would be training for the New York City Marathon I found a race that also has a half marathon distance that fits into her training schedule. This is the Mowhark-Hudson River Marathon from Schenectady, NY to Albany, NY. It’s supposed to be a fast course so fingers crossed!! I think I should be in good enough shape to jump into Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 training plan at week 7 so that’s the where this next part of the annual plan comes from.
After (hopefully) this goal race I will be looking to the Philadelphia Marathon as my end of year race. Not for time probably but just for enjoyment. It’s one of my favorite races as well as logistically being local. I will be supporting my wife on the course for her New York City Marathon so I will be looking forward to that during the time between races. I’ll be using Hal Higdon’s 6 week multiple marathon training plan which has worked well for me before when I have gone from running the Philadlephia Marathon to the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend (in 2013, 2014 and 2015). Hence the Philly2Goofy name.
After Philadelphia I have no planned races (for now). Typically I will have a recovery week and then I do a modified Runners World Winter Maintenance Training Plan which last around 6 weeks. I usually repeat this plan on the 6 week cycle to maintain fitness until the next race is planned. I have included in my plan the annual Bucks County Road Runners Thanksgiving 5 Mile race.
Here’s hoping all this works out in 2016.