The date of my first marathon in 2017 is 12 weeks away from the 1st of January. So I have to start…..now! I use these long schedules as a framework to base my training around. I have learnt over the years that I cannot comply with the schedule exactly because life will, of course, get in the way. I am going to catch a cold in those 12 weeks or some sort of injury. Something will get in the way and I will miss sessions. I don’t try to catch up by doubling up on a session, I pick up where I am and carry on.
Below is the basic framework of my schedule. Although this is a 16-week plan, I have been training and will continue to train throughout December anyway. On some of the days off, I will cross train with some swimming sessions and circuit training. I’m at the stage where I need to rest between runs because of fatigue and general wear and tear.
I’m looking forward to a great start to the New Year.