In many ways, it is very "easy" for me to make time to exercise because my health deteriorates quickly and noticeably when I stop exercising, even for only a few days.
As a result, it is never a question of whether I will train, only a question of how I would like to focus my efforts. Last year, I kept some very comprehensive documentation of my effort to train for the Montreal Marathon. While I had high hopes for my performance, the combination of a pulled muscle and a disruption to my insulin therapy left me with inadequate preparation. I had to pull out of the race weeks before I had a chance to give it a try.
This year, I'd like to give The Ottawa Marathon another shot. Utilizing my existing 18-month marathon training regimen would mean that I would not have to begin serious training until January 22, 2012. Therefore, I have until then (roughly thirteen weeks) to engage in some Winter cross-training and to build up my endurance base.
I would suggest that it takes about eight weeks to build up a competitive-class endurance base. That leaves me with five weeks of good, solid weight training, flexibility training and plyometrics before it's time to re-focus on the marathon.
I trust you'll be with me every step of the way.
So, coming soon: Winter weight training for distance runners.