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How to Train for a Marathon PR in 1 Month

April 1, 2013

Unfortunately, not an April Fools joke.

Since this is the year for bucket list races and PR’s, I found myself without a road marathon for the year (cue frantic online search for local races). I knew I wanted something in the spring because I’m impatient like that and I wanted a course that screams PR, which for me is either completely flat or downhill. I dabbled between Eugene Marathon in April and the OC Marathon the week after in May. I LOVED Eugene from my race experience last year and with proper training, I knew I could do a lot better than my time last year, which was only a couple seconds off from my marathon PR the year before in Santa Barbara. One problem. My race piggy bank was starting to look a little sad (enter searching for a second job, tbd). It’s only the first day of April and I’ve already traveled to Seattle, Sacramento and Portland for races not to mention Sacramento again in May, San Francisco AND Seattle in June, ICELAND in July, Eugene in August and November. Who knows where I’ll be October and December, but it probably won’t be within a 100 mile radius of Los Angeles #firstworldproblems. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a lot of my races comped, but traveling is still a huge expense.

Then this happened

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Boom. Done. OC Marathon here I come.

It’s flat, local and I haven’t run it before. Sure, I would much rather be here….

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…but that would require all those thing mentioned above that I don’t have right now. Upon deciding on the O.C. marathon, I’ve been doing some online research on training plans which is really strange since I never follow any sort of ‘formal’ plan. Apparently there is no such thing as a 1 month training plan that isn’t labeled ‘suicide attempt’. Since I can’t dedicate 16 weeks to just train for a marathon and frankly right now it is too late for that anyways, I’m going to make it up as I go and pray for the best. So for the next four weeks, I’ll post on here my weekly workouts and runs and hopefully come May 5 I’ll see 3:1X next to my finishing time.

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