I never really understood the concept of base training in high school (wasn't really running a lot of mileage so wasn't really needed) and even when I ran in college at Keene State. I would be very inconsistent with my running during the summer, show up to preseason and either get burnt out or injured. I was either getting stress reactions and really bad shin splints and my times suffered.
When I look back at my college times, there were some 5ks that I completely bonked on and some of the paces were slower than my marathon and half marathon PRs. When I decided to transfer, it was great for my running, mental health and my schooling. I hated running 5ks, but when I transferred I decided to run my first marathon. Have no clue what happened between May 2014 to September 2014 but it got me hooked on long distance.
I have been trying to run consistently for the last year and more often since October. I haven't been running a lot, about 30 miles average a week, but trying to run everyday. The first couple weeks of my training plan are easy miles and will help me build up my mileage. I'm using a variety of training plans and books. I'm using Runner's World Training Plan for Marathons- break 3:30. I'm also using my training plan that Team Philly Coach Ross had written for me, to keep me in line with what times I was running up to Philly Marathon 2016. For my workouts, I am looking at Hansons Marathon Method beginner marathon plan. Advanced mileage is upwards 60+ miles, and I am not sure if my body is willing to handle that! Majority of the time, I will be following the Runner's World plan which is 16 weeks, includes easy miles, GMP (goal marathon pace), intervals with 400s, 600s, 800s, 1k, 1200s, hills, and long runs up to 22 miles (eek!) weekly mileage were be anywhere from 33 miles up to 52 miles. I will be making sure I am lifting as well and doing lots of core, arms, squats and everything to strengthen my hips!
So tomorrow Monday January 8th, 2018 starts the day when I start up New Jersey Marathon training!!! Thank goodness it will be 32 degrees :)