I have a long way to go before I am able to seriously consider qualifying for Boston, possibly several years. I’m breaking my plan into phases to prepare myself physically and mentally. Although I’ve always enjoyed working out, I would have to say I have never seriously pushed myself to achieve new levels. I tend to work at a comfortable distance from my edge and only improve when necessary. That approach has kept me somewhat whole over the past 25-ish years, but it won’t get me to Boston. I’m going to push it up in notches.
Phase 1 is establishing a base. I haven’t been completely sedentary, but I haven’t been running because of the hip imbalances. A little over a month ago, I started a yoga practice based on Ashtanga vinyasa (I don’t follow all of the guidelines as to when to practice, etc, but I am working through the primary sequence.) This, along with some extra stretches and poses to deal with tight, inactive glutes, a tight psoas, and my poorly aligned posture, will help prepare my body for the rigors of marathon training.
- Continue doing Ashtanga vinyasa five to six days a week
- Work up to running 15 miles a week
- Drop from 32% to 25% body fat (without losing muscle, if possible)
- Possibly train for a 5K (to keep me motivated.)
Phase 1 probably won’t be that difficult, except for the part about losing body fat. I don’t necessarily eat too many calories for my current weight–I’m still very slowly losing weight, but my composition is staying the same– I just don’t eat the right calories. I’m currently about 155 pounds, but I’m also currently on a kick of eating nothing but potatoes. Mostly in the form of potato chips or French fries. And coffee with homemade soymilk. If I launch myself into marathon training without fixing my eating, I will hurt myself. Being a wheat-free vegan can make planning a healthy diet for optimum performance slightly complicated. Many running books that have eating plans consist mostly of bread and animal products. That will make things difficult, but not impossible. For now, I’m going to take it one meal, one shopping trip at a time. And I’m going to keep away from fried potato products. They are a major weakness of mine.
Once I have made the goals in Phase 1, I will plan Phase 2, which will probably involve training for a 10K or two and increasing my mileage.