NFC Training (Week 5) and AOR Legs

Tomorrow is my first training day of week 5, following Hal Higdon’s Marathon Taper/Build Up plan for multiple marathons.  I’m very excited and nervous for the (new) challenge of the North Face Trail Challenge!  I don’t plan on running it fast at all, I’ll be proud if I manage to complete it under the 7 hour course limit!  Training is going to be a little bit tricky, with a couple of races in between, including the American Odyssey Relay Race this weekend.  I’m definitely going to have to make some modifications! Luckily I don’t have another “peak” race until this fall.  Here is the weekly mileage based on the plan (that I won’t be following very closely! Haha):

6 Rest 2 m run 3 m run 4 m run Rest 6 m run 1-2 hours
5 Rest 3 m run 6 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m run 12 m run
4 Rest 4 m run 6 m run 4 m run Rest 6 m run 14 m run
3 Rest 4 m run 6 m run 4 m run Rest 6 m run 16 m run
2 Rest 4 m run 6 m run 4 m run Rest 6 m run 10 m run
1 Rest 2 m run 3 m run Rest Rest 2 m run Marathon

My leg assignments for the relay include;

Leg 6 (Andrea’s Ascent); 6.9 miles rated Very Hard:

(Apparently there is an extra prize for the runner who completes this leg, so being the sucker that I am, I was game! I can only hope it’s as cool as the Ragnar Belt Buckle I got for running “What the hill”!! Lol)

Leg 18; 4.1 miles rated Easy:

Leg 30; 8.1 miles rated Hard:

Total Mileage: 19.1 (Based on very unlikely assumption that I won’t get lost again on my night leg! Haha!)

Also, we are still short one runner for our 12 person team, so there is a chance that a couple of us will have to pick up an extra leg.  If there is anyone who lives in the MD/PA area that can take Friday off work, and is cool with getting in a van with a group of total strangers for 24-30+ hours, let me know! 😉  

So I’m thinking 5 miles tomorrow, 6 Wednesday, Rest Thursday, 2 days of running insanity, and a 2-3 mile shake out run Sunday (Unless I end up running an extra leg, in which case I’ll be passed out all day Sunday!!)

How do you manage training for multiple races? How flexible are you with your training plan?  

Ain't that the truth!

Ain’t that the truth!




15 thoughts on “NFC Training (Week 5) and AOR Legs

  1. I’m doing Hal Higdon first marathon training program. It doesn’t start in earnest til June but I’m pre-training by it for RnR marathon in Oct. I’m nervous 🙂

    • You’ll do great! I like hal higdons plans – and have found that outside of the long run – the rest of training for a marathon isn’t much different from normal/everyday running! I look forward to hearing about how your training progresses!

    • Lol – thanks and you’re right! I’m terrible when it comes to runners “peer pressure”. I only consider one or two races a year goal races and have the tendency to get into a lot of the “crazier” races in between just for the social aspect of them! 🙂

  2. Hmmm, I usually focus on one race that I’m training for and the others just kind of are along for the ride. I do trust Higdon though! I try not to be too flexible. If I have to mix up the weekdays, that’s ok, but I try to never mess up the long runs.

    • I agree 100%-I only run a couple goal races a year and take it easy on the rest of them that I get talked into along the way! This spring has been the worst for me though – I fear I may need an intervention soon! 😉 I never deviate on my long runs but am a bit flexible on mid-day runs depending on how hectic my work schedule gets.

  3. You are a rock star! I am so impressed with your back-to-back race plan. Hal Higdon is about the best expert you could follow so I doubt he will steer you wrong. I usually only do one “big” race… any shorter ones before then I really just treat as training runs.

    • Thank you! Not sure yet how my body will hold up! This is my first year doing multiple marathons. I’m hoping by keeping my base endurance up, I can start focusing more on speed. Assuming I don’t get any injuries….luckily between Hal’s training plans, plenty of rest as needed, and practicing Chi running technique, I’ve managed to keep myself in tact! The rest of my races this year, until my fall marathon (TBD) will be easy/fun/social races.

  4. I typically stick to my plan pretty rigidly. The long runs for sure. I kind of half followed Hal Higdon’s plan for my upcoming marathon, but mixed it up a little to match my running buddy’s plan.

    • Very cool! It seems like a lot of people like Hal Higdon’s plans! I shuffle miles a lot (espeically mid-week) but try to make sure I get in the total miles my plan calls for and am obsessive about the long runs. Those are way too hard to make up, and my endurance starts to suffer after more than a few weeks with no long run.

      • It’s awesome that you still get long run in between marathons! I try to get in at least a 10 mile weekly run when doing base miles! I have such a love/hate relationship with my long run!

      • Haha, well that’s the plan, but we shall see! I’d like to have a 12-mile base long run and go longer once a month or once every couple of weeks depending on how I’m feeling.

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