A New Cycle

Today is Christmas Eve, but it also happens to be the first day of an 18-week training cycle for the London Marathon. Eek! My goals for the race are simply to finish, to enjoy the running tour of London, and to not be too sore afterwards, so that I can enjoy sightseeing in London (and not walk around for a couple of days like a zombie). I already have a decent amount of travel in early 2019 planned that will interfere with training, so I’ve decided to go with a super chill training plan – Hal Higdon’s Novice 1.

GZb5XKxdTDuvXlkM40PkAwI trained for my first marathon (CIM 2012) using Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan and it served me well. Looking at the plan, I can already predict that the Wednesday mid-distance runs (up to 10 miles) won’t be happening, so I’m going to be doing doubles on the weekends. I’ve also recently started going to Orangetheory Fitness, which I’m enjoying as a cross-training/strength training addition to my running routine. I’ll probably fit those in on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Anyway, just thought I’d write a post to officially kick off marathon training. Maybe it will get me into the right mindset to start working a little harder than I have been?! This year has been dismal in terms of running mileage, so I’m not motivated to write a “year end” post… but we shall see.

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and Happy 2019 to all!



Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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3 comments on “A New Cycle
  1. Mike says:

    Woo-HOO, excited to follow your progress toward London! And totally agree with your strategy to enjoy the run, there’s no better place for it. Happy holidays!.

    • bt says:

      Woot! I love Higdon’s simplicity and totally admire your commitment to *any* level of a training plan. I’m still evaluating my goals for the spring, but I’m definitely super happy to drive out to meet you on the weekends for some supportive miles over the next 18 weeks. Also, very excited to cheer you on!

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