I focused mainly on sprint tris this summer and I’m ready for some longer distances. I haven’t run a marathon since 2009…geez. Back then I was still really new to running anything over 7 miles and struggled following any sort of training plan or hitting what I knew were key long runs. Given that, I’m really happy with my 4:05 marathon but I’m ready to put my heart into the training.
I’ve been searching the internet for training plans and trying to figure out how to incorporate longer runs with my last semester of school. Come mid-October, I’ll have two-three 12 hour clinical shifts with an hour commute each way. This is in addition to classes and studying but I’m not too worried about that. This isn’t whining about my schedule; I’m just trying to get creative so I don’t miss key workouts on the days when I’m already getting up at 4:30 AM and exhausted by the end of the day.
So, anybody out there with long days training for marathons? How do you hit your key workouts and juggle a full work/school schedule?
One thing that really helps me is a training partner. It’s not that I need somebody in order to run but my lofty goals of getting a morning workout in usually materialize if there is somebody waiting for me. I reset the alarm if it’s just me.