My Training Plan for 2020 Marathon

Intro

I got into running to loose weight sometime around 2010-2011 and I kept this habit since. I've been running for a decade I've managed to run 4 marathons:

  • 2014-05 Scotia Toronto
  • 2016-05 Scotia Toronto
  • 2017-05 Scotia Toronto
  • 2017-08 Reykjavik Marathon

I also been running Around the bay Race in Hamilton, Ontario from 2013, only skipping a single event in 2018 because I got sick just in the time where I needed to catch up on my training.

Since running my last marathon in August 2017 I promptly gained 10 kg, which I have kept since, which makes running a full marathon really difficult.

New Year's resolution

Before the holidays I thought of not doing new year's resolution, but since then I had a time to think, and a few doable things, such as many people from my running group are going to do ATB and then a marathon in may, I decided that organizing my time around these two events would not be particularly difficult.

For the year of 2020 I'll do my Around the Bay race and then I will use it as a springboard to run Mississauga marathon a month later.

One of my friends from the running group have mentioned that he just going to do a training schedule in google calendar, and I thought to myself that I should do that too -- years before I just ran with other people who had made their running calendar, but I never made my own.

Running calendar

This is the calendar I made for my schedule, based on Marathon training schedule -- Metric version I have 18 weeks until full marathon (Sunday, May 3rd) and 12 weeks until Around the Bay race (Sunday, March 29).

I'm planning to run 3 times a week, and it is easier for me to run on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. I will run on mornings Fridays to work, so I will not be able to vary distance for that exercise. For Wednesdays I set run distance to 10Km, but I may updated it and veary it between 8-13Km.

Here's my running plan in kilometers.

Week # Date Wed Fri Sat Total
1 Jan 1 10 11 14 35
2 Jan 6 10 11 17 38
3 Jan 13 10 11 12 33
4 Jan 20 10 11 19 40
5 Jan 27 10 11 21 42
6 Feb 3 10 11 15 46
7 Feb 10 10 11 22 43
8 Feb 17 10 11 26 47
9 Feb 24 10 11 29 50
10 Mar 2 10 11 16 37
11 Mar 9 10 11 32 53
12 Mar 16 10 11 22 43
13 ATB Mar 23 10 11 30 51
14 Mar 30 10 11 13 34
15 Apr 6 10 11 37 58
16 Apr 13 10 11 19 40
17 Apr 20 10 11 22 43
18 Apr 27 10 11 16 37