The last few posts have been all about the boy but I’m still running and still motivated to BQ in May. Just noticed less than 12 weeks before the Eugene Marathon. Holy Sheet….
The training has gone well so far. Officially started the ‘program’ a month ago. My online coach develops next week’s weekly plan based upon feedback I give him on the current week’s training. We share a google.xls. Due to consistent weekly miles of mid 20 to low 40s this fall, I think my base is solid enough to help avoid injury, as the miles pile up.
Here is a good example of one week’s plan, from last week (41miles) :
- Monday- 30 min easy
- Tuesday – Start with a 10 min warm-up and a stride or two. Stop for a minute, relax, and strip to your shorts if it’s good weather. Then do 50 min moderate (not hard) focusing on running efficiently. Finish with a 10 min cool-down
- Wednesday- 30 min easy
- TH- 40 min easy
- Friday- 20 min easy run, 10 x 20 second fast hill strides (steeper the better), 10 min cool down
- Sat- 90min long
- Sunday- rest recovery
The weekly plan is a good mix of easy, long, speed and hill runs. Also, I’ve never run 6 days a week before and I’m paranoid about that but just gotta remember to listen to my body. If I’m really sore/tired, take an extra day of rest.
Another new aspect of this training plan is the Long runs. My longest will be 23 miles and I’ve never run further than 20. THIS will be a real challenge. Most 20 milers, I’ve been spent and to reach “20” knowing I have three MORE miles to go is going to be mentally tough.
I’m also trying to hit my target weight of 170. Mostly hovering around 174-176 the past month. And that is fine. Going to be difficult to hit this target since I’m developing more muscles and more challenging, I AM HUNGRY ALL THE TIME.
Gotta stop eating huge lunches and snacks. Try to eat more veggies and drink more water.
We shall see…
What is your biggest challenge during training? Getting in the miles, controlling your hunger or recurring injury?