So when I “trained” for the Long Beach full marathon I followed a plan that was strictly just running and just easy miles. I never did any speed work, or any real type of cross-training, just simply ran the mileage, and it worked well for me. I obviously hit my goal of going sub-four in a marathon with the time of 3:55:37. I cannot tell you enough how important having a plan that caters to your life is. You need to make training work for you, not the other way around. I am a very vocal training plan hater. I get really burnt out running so much and trying to hit times and it makes me really disappointed in myself if I can’t hit them specifically.
I think I feel this way because of my training in track and cross country during high school and the pressure that I put on myself. I raced and ran as hard as I could for all four years of high school. I played soccer in between seasons and I just was constantly on the go and in intense training. So I think, for myself, running is mostly about enjoying it right now. When I tried to previously follow a more strict plan like this for the San Diego Marathon I got really burnt out and didn’t want to run, even when race day came.