I am a stickler for a plan. I have always followed some sort of training schedule. My very first race I used Hal Higdon’s novice training. I NEVER missed a day. I put the plan on my refrigerator and highlighted each day as I completed it.
The next race? same thing. Except I stepped it up, trained with a friend and used the Hal Higdon advanced schedule (adds speed work).
I signed up for Team in Training two months after completing that second 1/2 marathon and was given a plan to follow for my first marathon (it was originally going to be a 1/2 until I was convinced I could do a marathon). I went on to maintain a base of 10 miles or so and somewhat followed a Team in Training type of schedule (given to me by Lisa) for the rest of my 1/2 marathons that year.
Next up? Another Team in Training event (Big Sur). With a schedule. Sure I added in some 1/2 marathons here and there but they seemed to be on schedule with my long runs that were already planned. I never had more than two 1/2 marathons in a marathon training plan.
I decided to step it up a notch when training for my fall marathon (Wineglass) and I used the RLRF plan. Again, I made small adjustments for the two 1/2 marathons I had planned. I actually started Goofy training with TNT in the middle of the RLRF schedule and once I finished Wineglass I moved straight into that TNT training season and schedule.
See a pattern? A plan, a set training plan, a schedule made for me. I always have a training plan!
So that leads us to now. I’m back on my own. I have scheduled more races than I am used to doing in a row before a marathon and needed to create my own schedule. I used a combination of what I have learned from all of my previous training plans. Schedule cross training, speed, rest, and long runs.