There's just so much PRESSURE. How many miles a week? What should the weekly mileage be? Should you incorporate strength training? Yoga? Speed work? What will your nutrition be? Should long runs be on Saturday or Sunday?
I was almost exhausted thinking about it. And in the last two months since clicking the little "register" button on the Run Disney website and paying the exorbitant amount of cash they extract from you in order for you to slap on a pair of Mickey ears and run through the Magic Kingdom, I've "decided" on four different plans. I felt like freaking Goldilocks. This one is too short, this one doesn't have enough weekly mileage, this one just doesn't feel right, this one offended me in some indefinable way and is now dead to me....I swear, people probably spend less time picking out names for their unborn children than I have picking out a marathon plan. I've even declared in this very blog that I had chosen a plan. Only to input it into a Google calendar and decide I wasn't so into it after all.
But now the start date for Official Marathon Training is only a week away. Next Monday (which is a "rest day," so super anti-climactic) begins my training for marathon number 2. And I've decided on a plan recommended by the New York Marathon, identified in a somewhat demoralizing fashion as the "First Time and Casual Marathoner" plan. I'm not sure how I feel about being a "casual marathoner." Regardless, it's a good plan. I hit several weeks at 40 miles, have three 20 mile runs and a nice mix of during-the-week runs.