“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

Meh, it’s a cliche but it’s true. You wouldn’t attempt a driving test without having driving lessons first, you wouldn’t attempt an exam that your career depended on without doing some revision first, so why would you run a marathon without doing any training? You wouldn’t. There are probably the odd people out there who could run a marathon with very little training, but the majority of us would end up injured, or not being able to get through it at all. So that’s why I’ve created my super-duper, slightly obsessive, beautifully colour coded training plan..!

 Yep, this is what will be gracing the doors of our wardrobe for the next 6.5 months! As you can imagine, Dan is over the moon, ha. I made it because I like routine, I like to know what’s coming up and I like it when I feel like I’ve totally got my shit together. And with this, I do!

I used a combination of the beginners training schedule in the London Marathon magazine and several I found online to create my own plan, one that should work for me. I know my body can’t cope with running more than 3 times a week, so that’s all I’ll be doing. I know I need to cross train so I’ll be carrying on with my weekly hot yoga sessions at Hot Pod Yoga, and I know I need to work on my strength which I’ll do on a weekly basis too. And giving myself 2 days a week to recover, I think I can do this.

I’ve colour coded everything broken down into its categories, and I’ve put everything on sticky Post-It notes so I can move the days around if I need to. I know what I need to achieve each week, but I can plan my busy job and (not so busy) social life around it. I don’t want marathon training to take over my life. People train for marathons with kids and numerous jobs, I don’t have either so I don’t have an excuse! For example, for the past 48 hours I’ve been struck down with a gross sick-bug so I’ve been stuck indoors off work with exercise strictly off the agenda. If that had happened during training, I would just move the days around. And if I miss a workout, it’s ok. The main ones I don’t want to miss are my long runs and yoga. You can see I’ve already started moving workouts around to fit into my social life, and with my ridiculously busy job I can imagine there’s going to be plenty of evenings where I don’t fancy going for a run. But it’s ok, I’m only human and I’m not perfect (no matter how hard I try to be).

Has anyone else created their own training plan with such precision? Does planning work for you, or do you like to go with the flow?

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