I have the St. Jude Marathon coming up in 8 weeks. My last 3 weekends have been nothing. No running. No working out. Just recovery from injury and illness. Obviously, I won’t be able to continue with my training schedule the way I planned it. I need to modify it and keep going. I will either cross the line walking, running, or bow out at the half mark and be glad I can still run. I really can’t allow myself to think that my body might force me to pull out early, but I’m not stupid, either. Taking 3 weeks off from ANY activity does not bring on the Marathon Fairy of Good Running Fortune.
So what did I do?
1. I went back to my good favorite, Hal Higdon.
2. I’m starting the great Gallowalk plan with Hal Higdon.
Higdon’s novice training plans are by far, the most successful. They are conservative, which is why I didn’t go with his plan to start. My original plan was a modified plan of two others that had a very quick build-up. I knew my history of being sick in the fall might repeat itself and I wanted to get some miles under me quick. I had no idea I would be out 3 weeks. My last long run was 13 miles. I should be doing 20 this weekend, if I am following my old plan. Instead, I will be attempting 12 with a walk/run plan via Jeff Galloway. His plans are controversial in the running community and I will get more into that later. All I want to do is finish strong. If I have to do a walk/run plan to finish without injury, then that’s what I will do. I’ve got dreams to chase, and I need to get busy chasing them.