When I got out of the hospital and slowly started recovering from brain surgery, I promised myself I would return to the days of old; before coming to Houston I was a prolific runner. It was not unusual for me to log weekly miles of 70 – 80 per week. While coaching the cross country team at CAC, I would run with my better runners only to add more miles later in the day with my own training schedule. This of course brought about a series of injuries that plunged me into a state of burnout and ultimately ending my running days. IT band syndrome was often the problem. Dating back to June I started building up my miles; I promised myself that I would not return to the days of old when I was logging insane miles. My new goal is to top my weekly miles at no more than 50 — which I will exceed by 1 mile today due to a scheduled 2 hour long run.
I have not run a marathon since 2001 and a half marathon since 2003. My PR marathon time is 3h and 55 minutes; my PR half-marathon time is 1h and 47 minutes; it is my goal to top both PR times this year. I have elected to run two half marathons this year in preparation for the March 15th Little Rock marathon. I have decided to follow the training schedule below in hopes that it will help me manage my miles. Funny, but a 6 – 8 mile run gets too easy after a while thus forcing me to extend my miles. Although I will follow the schedule below, I suspect I will at times add more miles to the schedule. My friend Julie thinks I need something more to feed my ego; I think she is right. An ego can be good at times. I like mine.
Marathon Training Schedule