After scouring the internet and the pages of Runner’s World, I have decided to use Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 marathon training plan to prepare for the San Francisco Marathon!


It seems intense enough to get me to the end of the race without being all-consuming. Just mostly-consuming 🙂 I LOVE to run, and I LOVE to run races-but I’m all about balance. I have a busy work schedule (as I’m sure most do!) in the coming weeks, and I also have several trips planned or in the works between now and race day, so I want to accommodate as much as I can in to my life. I’m also a firm believer in down time. I’ve heard that a lot of runner’s get anxious on rest days. I do not 🙂 I look forward to time off, an extra hour of sleep or a day or two of not being held to a schedule. I feel awesome after a good run, but I can appreciate some R&R as long as I’ve put some work in.

The Novice 2 plan calls for 4 days a week of running and this is perfect for me. My training schedule will look something like this:

Day 1: Rest

Day 2: Run easy

Day 3: Run race pace

Day 4: Pilates

Day 5: Run easy

Day 6: Yoga

Day 7: Long run

“Day 1” will either be Sunday or Monday, depending on my work schedule. I try to avoid running too many days back to back to give my legs a break. I do work long, late hours on my feet, sometimes until 3 or 4 in the morning, and I definitely feel it in my legs. Believe me, I’m not complaining-I would never do well at a job that requires me to sit all day long…it just can be tiring.

Last week was my first official week of marathon training and the plan called for 19 miles. However, I actually ran a total of 24.06 miles because I ran the Oakland Half Marathon last Sunday. I’m going to do my best to NOT deviate from the plan from here on out (even over-training can be bad!), but I feel like it was a successful week. I’m starting my training with a much better running base than my last effort at 26.2, so I have high hopes for a strong training camp. There are 17 more weeks until the San Francisco Marathon and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a long journey, but so worth it in the end!




23 thoughts on “Balance

  1. I liked the looks of that plan as well since it didn’t seem overly time consuming during the week. Not sure what your job is, but are you able to wear compression socks under your clothes? I wear mine to work sometimes and I found it really helps my tired legs recover. I always pack extra socks in case I want to change out of them, but I never do 🙂

    • I’m a bartender! I have worn compression socks to work before, but I should do it more often. There is a steep flight of stairs I have to climb up and down and that’s usually what tires me out the most! Thanks for the advice and thanks for reading!

  2. I used Novice 2 for Portland ’13 (my first marathon) and it was a solid choice. Sounds like you’re in a great place to start this training! And going into it having recently met a big goal must be an awesome boost – Congrats on yr recent PR!

    • Great to hear! I think it will be a good plan for me and fits my experience level. I was looking at plans that call for 5+ days of running and I think that’s too much! Thank you, I’m still so giddy about my PR! 🙂

    • I’ve never followed one of Hal’s programs exactly before but this time I’m going to stick to it. SF is a gorgeous race, and not a walk in the park with all of the hills in the first half of the race!

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