Training plans, training plans....I am swimming in training plans! In the past two years of running, I have never had as much difficulty as I am right now deciding on my training plan for The Cleveland Marathon. I've only been trying to figure it out for the past three months! Just when I think I found the *right* plan, I see another plan that looks just a little better. Currently, I'm looking at Hal Higdon's, Smart Coach from Runner's World, a plan from the Cleveland Marathon site and a few others. Part of the issue is that my goals for the race seem to change daily. Maybe I am wrong, maybe all this "time off" from training isn't good for me. Typically, when I am in the midst of a training plan, I just accept it and run. As I mentioned before, I am really enjoying the freedom from a strict plan, but my brain seems to be taking issue with that freedom! I am challenging myself for this next marathon, but at the same time I do not want to get injured during training from too many miles. Ugh! (overthink it much?!)
Also, I want to be able to have fun with my family and not be exhausted for the next four months. I know there is a fine balance between a tough training plan and a completely exhausting training plan; I just need to find it. As I sit here and listen to the wind howl and the snow blow around, maybe I just need to go with my first choice and stop thinking about it. If I pick the 18 week plan, it will officially start this coming Monday, January 16, and I will no longer be able to obsess over it. However, if I pick a 16 week plan, I have until January 30 before I log my first training miles for the marathon (read as more time to change my mind!). Decisions, decisions!
So my goal is to have my plan done and posted by the end of this weekend. Hold me to it, ok?
How do you pick your training plans? Do you search and search until the last minute? Do you ever change plans mid-training?