I have talked with Josh, researched, prayed, read, soul-searched and planned.
I am a girl with a plan. :)
For now, I am going to keep training on my own, without a coach. I definitely think a coach could be great for me in a lot of ways, but what it boils down to is that I can't justify the cost of a coach at this point and time. Our budget is tight. The costs and expenses of life with 12 kids are literally endless. I do not have any guilt or doubt about the money I spend on my running and racing, but adding the monthly expense of a coach isn't possible/responsible.
But as much as I think a coach could be great for me in a lot of ways, I am feeling really good about my plan and confident in my ability to continue to coach/guide myself. I think it's going to be good.
I read (devoured) "Advanced Marathoning" by Peter Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas.
I am going to use the Pftiz "in between marathons" plan from now to Goofy. I tweaked the plan slightly so that I would have back-to-back medium long runs and long runs on Saturdays and Sundays. The speed work is different from what I have done in the past and I look forward to new challenges. Then after a short recovery period after Goofy, I am going to use the Pfitz training plan for 70-85 miles a week to train for Boston. (I know that sounds like a lot of miles but I have done many weeks at 65 miles lately so it's not a big increase).
I also came up with a plan for my overall fitness. I already had been good about stretching after my runs (and foam rolling) but after reading "Advanced Marathoning" I have a more thorough stretching/flexibility routine I will do after every run.
Up until now I have been doing a routine of exercises twice a week that I considered my strength training. After reading this book I realized that about half of the exercises I was doing were core-stability exercises and the others were strength-training exercises. Pfitzinger recommends doing a routine of core-stability exercises three times a week and a routine of strength-training exercises twice a week. I used the book and the exercises I was already doing to put together a core routine and a strength routine that I will be doing the recommended times per week.
I have done the core workout once and the strength workout once now (each just takes 20-30 minutes) and I really think that these exercises, along with the stretching/flexibility routine are really going to help my overall fitness and strength and help prevent injury, and I am excited about it.
The chapter on nutrition and hydration was great, and I loved all the info and science about training and racing marathons in the other chapters. This book just really excited me about training hard getting faster, and taking care of myself and doing things so that I can be a healthy and strong person, runner, and athlete. (And yeah, it still makes me smile to think of myself as an athlete).
I also have set some goals for myself for Goofy and Boston (I will share in a future post since I am ready for bed now!). Goals are subject to change as training goes on, but I am feeling good and excited for what the future holds.
I have a training plan for my running. I have a plan for my overall health and fitness. I am going to follow my plan, listen to my body, adjust as needed, pray for guidance and protection, and give it all I have.
Watch out world. I am a girl with a plan. :)
(I bought "Advanced Marathoning" with my own money. I wasn't asked to review it and I am not giving it away. I wrote about it because I really like it).