My Boston Qualifier winter marathon training plan

Me after BQ'ing at the Victoria Marathon last year. Hopefully I'll be this excited again in February!

Me after BQ’ing at the Victoria Marathon last year. Hopefully I’ll be this excited again in February!

What happens when you miss the cut-off for the Boston Marathon by 1 minute and 25 seconds because you didn’t run fast enough under your qualifying time?

You pick a promising goal race with enough time to run another qualifying race if you don’t make it during the first attempt, and then make a plan to get faster.

To be honest, I’m not thrilled about training for a marathon in the cold winter months when it’s dark and rainy out. But if I want to run the Phoenix Marathon on February 27, 2016, long runs on cold winter mornings will have to happen. I’m also not thrilled that training will start in a few weeks, even though I had planned (and started) to go into a muscle/strength building phase.

But Boston is my goal, and since I didn’t make it in for 2016, 2017 will have to be the year.

One of the reasons why I chose the Phoenix Marathon (other than it will give me enough time to try again at the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May if I don’t run at least 6 minutes under my qualifying time of 3:35) is the net elevation loss on the course. It’s pretty much downhill the whole way, which is awesome, whereas Vancouver is a bit too hilly for my liking. Also, Matt and I have decided we could make a trip of it: Hitting up some NHL games, Disneyland and Vegas on the way back. Sounds like the perfect excuse to run Phoenix to me!

I created this 17-week marathon training plan for Phoenix based on the plan I did last year to qualify. I’ve added in some extra tempo runs this time around in an attempt to get comfortable going faster for longer.

Click here to download a PDF of the plan.

Click here to download a PDF of the plan.

I haven’t decided on my strength workouts yet, but it will probably be similar to what I did during my Finlayson Arm 28K training this summer. You can find those workouts, here, here and here.

Anyone else running the Phoenix Marathon? Have you ever trained to run a marathon in the cold and raced in the heat? Have any tips for me?

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Linking up with the lovely:

Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus