I am hoping to be successful for the London 2012 Marathon. I wont know until October. So I shall use my time wisely and start training now.
I am a very busy working Mum. I have to fit in dog walks, feeding horses, housework, shopping, cooking, chauffeuring my children around for horse riding, Stage School and Tap Dance, my work and my training.
I have put together a training schedule to maximise on sensible time management to make sure I can get all my training in. I am not a runner, plus I am rather overweight. My carefully thought out programme will slowly ease me into running with minimal stress on my joints and with the cardio work outs at the gym, hot pilates and yoga and the running it will help burn off the weight.
I will do a combination of going to the Gym, running and powerwalking/Nordic walking with the dogs and running. I also have 3 work sessions where I can push a 5 stone child in a mountain buggy off road - great resistance work out incorporating hills! I still have to train for the endurance hikes!
I have borrowed the Virgin marathon beginners guide to training for a marathon. I like its simple way using timings rather than distance. Think I can relax a bit more and enjoy the new running experience.
This is my training plan for the next 6 months, May until October. As and when I feel strong and fit enough I shall enter some 5km, 10km races, then some longer ones!
I have used the graph below to show how I have plotted in my training schedule. I walk the dogs early to coincide with walking children to school. I will do the morning walks as a power walk or Nordic walk so my body is warmed up ready for a run straight after. I shan't try and run with the dogs just yet as they wrap themselves around my ankles or take unexpected pee stops.
I will be following the marathon training plan so will play around with times to fit into this schedule. the only thing I can't move are the blue bars for work!
The white blocks is for all the domestic and family stuff!
I shall still stick to food plans as mentioned here, but will add in low fat, low calorie protein
powder drink if I think it is necessary. I prefer to use real food and sensible choices. I use a variety of Runnning World magazines for recipe ideas , plus Anita Bean's "Food For Fitness" and the "Athlete's Palate Cook Book" by Yishane Lee and editors of Runners World.
Sooo, with this military precision and attention to detail I should be a lean mean running machine by October!
footnote added :- I have now entered the Great South Run, Portsmouth, 30th October! Ten mile marathon that I can now look forward to and check how my running plan has come into fruition! Plus raising funds and awareness for Fibromyalgia and FMA UK
Footnote - sadly I wasn't successful for the London Marathon ballot. I have decided to not opt for a charity place as there is too much pressure to fundraise further for potentially another charity. Since writing this piece I have entered the Forces March, a very challenging event and for a very worthy charity, The Veterans Charity.