Be-You-Tifully Fit: Marathon Planning

IMG_20160528_191211Marathon planning...  finding a plan is like finding just the right shoe.  Is it going to work?  Is it going to fit?  Is it going to be reasonable for what I want to get out of it?  All you get from it is what ifs.  Others may recommend plans but they may not fit you as well as it fit them.  Honestly as much as it is interesting to research, it is also quite frustrating.  Of course it does not help that I am a planner.  I need a plan and I need to draw it all out to make sure it will fit the best out of all of the others.  This is what eases the anxiety of taking on another Twenty Six point Two miles!

For the first marathon, I used Hal Higdon's novice 1 and ran it with run/walk intervals.

Second & Third marathon...  Hal Higdon's intermediate 1 and with a run/walk.

Fourth & Ultra...  Hanson's Marathon Method Advanced and straight running.

Since then though, I have added in strength and Hanson's has a lot of parts discouraging excessive strength workouts added in.  Here I am back to the drawing board...

Looking to piece together greatness using these...

  • Runner's World Go
  • She RUNS this marathon
  • Hanson's Beginner

Day my life changed: 8/3/2012


  • Highest weigh-in to date: 243.5 lbs on 3/11/2008  (Wore 18/20 & 22/24 for a gown)
  • As of 8/3/12: 208.6 (wearing size 16/18)
  • As of today: 147.4 lbs (wearing size 4-6, XS-S & 26-27 jeans)

Body Fat Percentage

  • As of 8/3/12: 46%
  • Body Fat %: 25.6% (using the gym's machine instead of caliper)


  • 134 lbs
  • 18% body fat


  • Next Race: Sand-sational 8K
  • On week 12 of the She Sweats Run Builder from!!!
  • Been sticking to my macros
  • Still logging in my MyFitnessPal!  I hit a 1,161 day streak!

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