Alternate title: I started training for the Lincoln Marathon
I updated my schedule quite some time ago when I decided to most likely participate in the Lincoln Marathon in 2016. But I want to make it official with its own blog post.
My sister lives in Lincoln (that's in Nebraska, folks) and we have been talking about doing a race together. It made sense consider the Lincoln Marathon for several reasons, really.
I could probably think of another several reasons, but why? There may be some cons to this race, though. Based on a few things I have read, the second half of the marathon course isn't as well-spectated as the first half so the energy will probably be a bit low. Also, it's in Nebraska, so the scenery cannot be expected to be anything better than bad. (I've actually been there and am not purely speculating.)
I started officially training on Nov 26 after taking four rest days post-Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon.
The training plan I decided to use (and yes, I mean actually USE as in FOLLOW and not make up my own instead like last time...) is Hal Higdon Marathon 3. I'm REALLY excited about it for a few reasons.
Alright, that's probably enough reasons. Wait, you want more? Oh, okay no, I misheard you. I think a lot of people choose Hal Higdon's plans for some or all of these reasons already, but this plan really spoke to me. I ended up mashing up my own plans in the past because nothing out there was a good fit. I don't think I have to do that at all this time, except for moving some things around for vacay time.
My biggest goal for the training cycle is to hit 90% of the workouts. I have two blocks of the plan outlined where my goal is to hit 100% of the workouts. I made this my goal so I would have a goal each day and week and not just a "this is going to get me to the marathon, so I better do it." I really would be excited on April 30 to say "I did 90% of my workouts!"
I also plan to run all four prescribed races, but I don't want to spend my life savings, so hopefully I can find some at a good value.
This will only be my second marathon. I hadn't planned to spend 2015 marathon-free. However, if I hadn't sat out for a bit, I wouldn't be able to call this a comeback and it would be much less epic.
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