I have a place on the VLM which will be my first marathon. I have been running since the beginning of 2012 and in that time have lost 6 stone (using weight watchers) with a couple still to go. Before xmas I was doing some regular running including increasing my long weekend run each week and am now up to 11 miles but also doing a couple of body pump classes, a pilates class and a spin class each week in order to get strength in my legs and core and tone.
My problem is now I am trying to pick a 16 week marathon plan to follow but don't know how to put in the classes or whether I should be just running now. I was thinking of following one of the RW plans which has 4 runs a week and then doing the classes as well but do not want to get injured.
an example of my plan would be:
Monday - gentle swim before work and netball for an hour after work, Tuesday - 4miles steady run before work and pump class at lunch, Wed - 4m intervals before work and Pilates at lunch, Thurs - 45min spin class, Friday - 4m pace run before work and pump class at lunch, Sat - rest and Sun - long run.
I would increase the long run by a mile each week and every 4th week drop back a little and maybe increase the mid week ones by a mile every few weeks.
Does this seem ok or is there something obviously missing or likely to cause injury?
I seemed to be doing ok before I started over thinking this plan and now am stressing about it rather than focusing on completing it so would love to just finalise it and stick to it.