I did my first full marathon last October 2013 when I joined the Run United Philippine Marathon. While I’m not too proud about my race result, friends are congratulating me since it’s not an easy task to join and complete a full marathon. But I know that I could perform better. And I want to prove that to myself.
Part of my not-so-good performance during my first marathon is the fact that I didn’t train properly. It was actually a spur-of-the-moment decision to join the RUPM 2013. So, the training period was too short.
So, after the said marathon, I decided that my next marathon will be the Condura Skyway Marathon happening in February 2014. That gives me exactly 20 weeks to train. Pre-marathon literature will tell you that this is the ideal time frame to properly train for a marathon.
So for the past 10 weeks now, I’ve been religiously following this Beginner Marathon Training Plan which I got from Coolrunning.com. The training requires me to run 5 days a week with off-training days on Mondays and Fridays. This is perfect for me since I get to run on the road only during Saturdays and Sundays. As for the training routines on Tuesday-Thursday, I make sure that I cover the required distance on the treadmill. I do these runs during lunch time in our company’s gym.
I’m now into the 11th week and this Saturday, I will be able to test whether the past 10 weeks have improved my running capabilities. I will be joining the 21K event of the Sante Barley Domination Run 2013 at Cavitex. My last half-marathon was during the 37th Milo Marathon Manila leg and my time was around 2 hours and 45 seconds. I’m aiming to finish the race at least within 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, if you’re planning to join your first marathon, you might want to check out the Beginner Marathon Program that I’m following. Here’s the link.