Tomorrow I'm starting my training for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2010. I'll be embarking on a 16-week program from Runner's World. It'll take 5 days a week (and even a week or two with 6!) of non-stop running. The objective of this 80-day training is to finish a full marathon in four hours or less. It'll hopefully increase my endurance and stamina and strengthen my muscles more. As this is my first full marathon (that's 42.195 kilometers or 26.2 miles), I am indeed aiming high with a sub 4-hour goal.
The training involves early hill work. Some speed and intervals towards the end. A bunch of active recovery runs are scheduled during the week, with at least 3-5 miles per run. Once in a while, a time trial is also scheduled for me to realistically adjust my goals. And yes, long runs on Sundays! So I'm saying good-bye to late nights for now and say hello to early morning weekends! Boo hoo!
I'm doing this program as recommended by my friend Outed Narnian. Jamie Da Vinci will do it too. One of my running idols will do it too, Jaymie Pizzaro aka, The Bull Runner.
I'll do my best to jot down the 80 days of this training. They say that once you write down your thoughts, it'll be easier to achieve the goals you've set.
So dear friends and fellow runners, a big good luck to moi. You're prayers and well-wishes are appreciated.
p.s. If you want a copy of the training plan, let me know so I can share it with you. Just post a comment here or send me an @reply thru my Twitter account, and I'll share it with you soonest.