Running a marathon was never something on my bucket list of accomplishments, but I’m allowed to change my mind, right? And by change my mind, I mean go crazy, because it’s not normal to run 26.2 miles, by choice. Now that I signed up, booked a hotel and scheduled a massage, it’s time to share my Nashville Marathon Training!
Nashville Marathon Training
Just Google ‘marathon training plans’ and the results are staggering, 29 million staggering. I considered a few training plans, but ultimately landed on Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Plan.
I chose this plan for a few reasons:
- Hal Higdon has been around the block a time or two and knows running. He has contributed to Runner’s World more than any other writer, having published an article in the magazine’s second issue in 1966.
- The training is 18 weeks long, allowing for a slow ramp in mileage. Some other plans started the midweek runs at 5 miles. While I can comfortably run 5 miles now, those are typically my “long weekend runs”. I followed a similar plan when I trained for a half marathon back in 2012 and it worked pretty well.
- The plan was free! There are a number of programs out there that provide additional and sometimes interactive support. Hal offers several of these interactive programs, but in the end I opted for the free version for my Nashville Marathon Training.
Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
The Nashville marathon is part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. I went to Nashville for a day with my sister back in June. We had a great time (!!), but there are many more things to see/do there. Nolan was really jealous when I sent him pictures of the Johnny Cash museum. So, we’ll be staying several days after the marathon to be tourists. I also really like the music aspect of the marathon. As a 1st timer, doing the marathon alone, I’m going to need all the encouragement I can get and music is a big motivator for me.
I also considered the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, but have heard that it’s not a good 1st timer marathon because of all the hills. I also considered the Paris Marathon because my step-dad will be running that this year. I opted out of that because, if I’m going to take an expensive Europe vacation, I don’t want half of the time eaten up by marathon activities.