For lack of anything really drawing me and the convenience of the race being located near David's sister and a few of our good friends I am putting Flying Pig up on the race list for 2007 as my spring "A" race. It's not an easy course but I am going to aim for a PR regardless and realize that I may fail.
It won't be for lack of effort though. I've jotted down the FIRST program and am going to make friends with the treadmill for speedwork on those days when the track isn't accessible this winter. I guess I have decided that jumping down to the 5k PR by February doesn't make much sense and I will most likely get there along the path of training to PR the marathon anyways.
I have definitely lost some speed with the lack of regular weekly mileage and the long weekend workouts. It's starting to come back. We'll find out shortly how much. I think my first speed workout is for the week of the 15th.
The training plan for the marathon is 16 weeks and includes 5 20 milers. Seems heavy to me but it also is only 3 runs a week so I think it is doable. I also have started to realize that my body responds well to repeated long training. I kind of adapt and the more long workouts I get in the better my body responds to going longer. Let's hope this holds true this time around.
So this is what the next 16 weeks of training are going to look like.
Monday- Swim and Strength
Tuesdays- Tempo Run
Wednesday- Easy Group Run and/or Swim and Pilates
Friday- Strength or Pilates
Sunday- Long Run
Depending on how I take to the earlier wake up call I may try to include a mile run every morning before doing anything else. See if I can start a streak!