Here it is folks!!!
The first step was signing up for the marathon. As crazy as it was, I knocked that out simple enough even though I deeply questioned the decision lol. So next up was finding a good training plan to get me across the finish line. I did a good amount of research on all the big running websites trying to find one that I felt confident with. I needed something that was somewhat beginner and also had the ability to be altered.
I really like the fact that the plan shows which type of run is scheduled and even gives a small description of each type of run. It also runs on a 7 day schedule which is exactly how I've always run my plans. The only changes I made were moving the runs around so my long run ended up on Sunday and small changes to the distances on a few of the days. Overall, I'm really excited to get started and feel really confident in the plan I've chosen.
The next step is to start figuring out my paces. I'd really like to come in under 3:30 for my first marathon attempt. In order for that to happen I would need to hold an 8:00 min/mile pace throughout the run. Using that as my gauge, I can plan out my tempo runs and long runs. I think 8:00 is a pretty aggressive goal but come on....this is my first marathon and more importantly, this is VEGAS!! Have to go big or go home.
Do you set your goals pretty aggressive in your first distance attempts or do you plan more conservative??