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Marathon Training Schedule Starts Monday!

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I always feel like I have to start these kinds of posts with a bit of a history lesson. I know if I saw some running lunatic post a training schedule like this I’d assume there were always an athlete. At least naturally active and would never suspect they had body image issues or have ever wanted or needed to lose weight. So for long time readers please skip over this link history. New readers… just know if you asked me 2 years ago if I would ever run or want to run a marathon I’d say maybe, 5 years ago I’d say you were crazy and 10 years ago I’d say you were freakin’ lunatic for even asking such a ridiculous question.

After getting some wonderful feedback when I posted about registering for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon I edited my initial training thoughts. This is what I came up with. I’m not going to lie.. I’m scared to death! But I’m also looking forward to it. It’s not about losing/maintaining weight or getting to a specific size it’s about seeing what my body is capable of. For the first time in my life I actually feel like an athlete and that’s a complete head trip for me. It’s unbelievable, yet here I am posting this.

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
08/02 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 3 mi +WT Rest 5k Rest 6 mi
√ pic √ pic √ pic √ recap
08/09 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 3 mi +WT Rest 3 mi Rest 7 mi
sick :( sick :( sick :( sick :( √ run/walk
08/16 to
Rest 3 mi 4 mi Rest 5 mi Rest 5 mi
√ 5mi! √ pic   √ pic   √ pic
08/23 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 3 mi +WT Rest 5 mi *5k 9 mi
√ pic √ pic   √ pic Rested Did 8
08/30 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 3 mi +WT Rest 5 mi BC 10 mi
√ pic √ pic      
09/06 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi +WT Rest 5 mi BC 7 mi
09/13 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 3 mi +WT Rest 6 mi BC *HALF
09/20 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 6 mi BC 12 mi
09/27 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 7 mi BC 10 mi
10/04 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 7 mi *5K 15 mi
10/11 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 8 mi BC 16 mi
10/18 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 8 mi BC 12 mi
10/25 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 9 mi BC 18 mi
11/01 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 9 mi BC 14 mi
11/08 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 10 mi BC 20 mi
11/15 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 8 mi BC *PHL 1/2
11/22 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 6 mi + WT Rest 6 mi BC 8 mi
11/29 to
Rest 3 mi +WT 3 mi 2 mi Rest Rest ROCK
  • mi = Miles
  • WT = Weight Training
  • BC = Boot Camp Class
  • All *bolded items are events I’m running. Details can be found on my 2010 Running Goals page
  • Note: Will be making an effort to go to 1 yoga class a week as my schedule allows. I will add them in when I do as well as adding check marks for completed workouts.

Let the running begin! :~)

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There are 17 comments so far.


    July 29, 2010

    I’m doing the Philly 1/2! Congrats and good luck!!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    July 29, 2010

    I love that you give the background. I get intimidated by bloggers’ big racing plans. It makes me think they are natural runners instead of doing it like me.



    July 29, 2010

    That’s awesome Roni! I just came across a movie that a fellow marathon runner made when we did Team in Training in Chicago. She profiled 5 runners 3 of which I ran with. One was the maker of the film, Lesley and Marty and Mimi. Another runner has run all Chicago Marathons. You can watch the video from her site If you want to be motivated to finish a marathon this is it.

    Michele McGraw

    July 29, 2010

    Awesome. I’m training for a 1/2 and scared to death.

    Jenn (GH)

    July 29, 2010

    Instense. I can’t even begin to imagine running that far. It will be fun to hear how it goes!!! Congrats on your decision!!!


    July 29, 2010

    I’d say that you are already half way there, so to speak. You’ve got a goal, motivation and a plan! Keep us updated.

    Michelle @Eatingjourney

    July 30, 2010

    Thank you for posting this. I know KNOW that my lack of exercise these past two weeks have been me avoiding the training for the 1/2 marathon. This is what I needed and I’ve got my mind in the right place for it now. WOOT! Here’s to Vegas baby!


    July 30, 2010

    Thanks for sharing your chart. I just got a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society postcard in the mail about a joining a virtual team to train for half or full marathon. I guess I need to start thinking about it…Time to set some goals…


    July 30, 2010

    Congrats on a solid marathon training program! Looks good!
    I’m about half-way through mine and while the running is coming along well, the mental part is struggling so it’s great to see your enthusiasm–thanks!!
    Good luck!!


    July 30, 2010

    Wow, how exciting. I’m eagerly awaiting my first 5k in September. I am more than ready. I am already jumping ahead in my brain thinking about next year’s Pittsburgh 1/2 (there was a flyer for early registration in yesterday’s local paper). I know I’m not there yet, but I want to be so badly.


    July 30, 2010

    The biggest part of any task is the preparation – and you have that well under control! How exciting for you! Can’t wait to see how it goes! I’m a bit envious… Had a ham string strain so can’t run the rest of the summer… I’m so bummed!


    July 30, 2010

    I needed to read this today, I signed up for a 10mi race in Oct. and I am terrified! Your post made me reflect on how far I’ve come in the past two years with exercise and I realized that I need to just do the training (I start Monday too) and trust myself that I can do this!

    Sarah Jane

    July 30, 2010

    There’s always something so wonderful about a fresh training schedule. I’m running my first 10 mile in 9 years in Oct. and started training this week. All the best to you!

    jen (@jeninRL)

    July 30, 2010

    Roni, you continue to amaze me! I wanna be just like you when I am a running grown up (lol). maybe not the marathon but the consistently happy running part! You inspire me.

    Thanks again for the run in AC! I had a blast and learned a lot! Plus, we had some awesome sorbet… ;-)

    much love, jen

    Karen @ Not Just Celery

    July 30, 2010

    That’s amazing…I signed up for the Las Vegas Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon; I knew MizFit was doing it, I didn’t realize you were doing the full! Hope to see/meet you out there!

    Dave from Running Tips

    August 4, 2010

    Keep on truckin’. Are you following a specific marathon plan like Galloway? My favorite is not well known called the 100 day marathon plan.


    August 4, 2010

    I based it on Higdons plan. :)