After several months of “winging it,” I’m back on a training plan – and for the first time, it’s one designed especially for me, thanks to the Charlottesville Track Club’s Marathon Training Program.

I just received my personalized plan on Tuesday, so in future weeks, I hope to share my regimen on Marathon Mondays, but due to the timing this week, Thursday it is 🙂

M – 4 MILES, AHR* (average heart rate / Long Run pace)





S – 14 MILES, AHR Modified this for the Pepsi 10K race I am running Saturday to about .5 mile warm up, 1-2 mile cool down, race in between

SUN – 3 TO 4, AHR

My note on my training plan indicated that there should be no speed work in my plan until 10 weeks out from race day (this will start the week of September 24) so my challenge is to be sure to run all my workouts at AHR, which for me is in the 8:50 to 9:10. Building this base / learning this pace should help me work on feeling out how to truly negative split my marathon.

I am super excited to share my training on the blog – so keep an eye out on Mondays! 🙂

Are you currently training for any big races? What’s your plan / how did you decide upon it?

ETA: Check out my latest post on Beyond Distance!


  1. I LOVE when people slow down when training. It is a hard concept for people to grasp that you need to run slow to get faster, but it works. You will see great results from this, I promise!!

    • Thanks for the advice, Robin! I am so lucky to have an awesome runner friend like you to steer me in the right direction 🙂

  2. I totally agree with the whole “slowing down will make you faster” thing. Last year I was a pacer for a half/full training program and I mostly paced the 11:00-11:30 min/mile groups, which is like 1.5-2 minutes per mile slower than my “normal runs” and 2-2.5 min/mile slower than my goal half marathon race pace. And I got sooooo much faster last year – took 45 seconds per mile off my marathon time and went sub-9 min/mile pace for the first time in the half. So I am a firm believer in this method. Good luck!

    • Thanks for this comment, Krissy! It is so good to hear about these kinds of experiences – definitely helps my mental preparation for this training cycle! 🙂

    • Thanks, Tasha! I am stoked to have a personalized plan and a resource to help me out (along with all of you amazing friends online)!

    • Thanks, Jenna! I am such a list maker, I love checking off workouts from my schedule and feeling accomplished! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Hmmm… I’ve been running faster because I ran faster. Easy days are important, as are building your base miles, but don’t be afraid to step it up if you feel like it. Your body will know it’s time.

    • Good to hear your thoughts, David. How do you feel about the strategies to better pacing for marathons? The reason I ask is because I’ve learned to feel out my ‘natural’ paces (easy / faster / slower) but haven’t been able to execute a great marathon day strategy yet (at Shamrock, I PR’d, but tried to follow a pacer and fizzled out around 8 miles in).

      • Just now seeing this response, but I think the response I just left on your most recent post may help answer your question here. In short, I think to get a feel for pace, you have to run more miles at your goal pace or slightly faster. Tempo and negative split runs are key, I think, but it’s always a learning process. 🙂

  4. Have you posted about your target heart rates on here? Sorry if I missed it… just curious because I’ve relied heavily on my heart-rate monitor to keep an eye on my exertion levels and am not sure if mine is just high when I run or what.

    I have vowed (a bit quietly) that I will start legitimately training for LA Marathon after I get back from our honeymoon and take it easy for a couple of weeks after that. So I’m estimating I’ll start either sometime in December or first thing January (shortened schedule). But right now I can’t imagine being disciplined since I only run once a week currently — keeping my fingers crossed that this turns out to be entertaining enough for me to stay.

    • Thanks for your comment, Julie.

      I haven’t used my heart rate monitor lately (used it a lot last year) but when I discussed this with my coach, we talked about breaths taken, so something like, a breath for 4 steps, something like that, just easy easy easy, so for me that translated to that LR pace of 8:50 to 9:10.

      I hope that my posts about training will help to show that training can be fun (or as close to fun as a training plan can be, lol) and motivate others to work with a coach and a structured plan, lol! At least, that’s my goal 😉

  5. Good luck with your training! Your so talented Krissy, you will do great no matter what. Thank you for all of your support lately… so blessed to have crossed paths with you. xoxo

    • Thanks, Lisa! I am so happy everytime I see a comment from you

      P.S. Are you registering for Boston this week?

    • Thanks, Madison! Yes, agree! There is something super exciting about starting a new chapter for a new goal 🙂

  6. This is awesome! Best of luck. I’m 4 weeks out from my first marathon, and while nothing really went to plan, I can’t be thankful enough for actually having a schedule! xx

    • I’m excited! Thanks, Kate. I hope to read about your super awesome marathon soon 😀

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