One of the roommates recently suggested that I post my training plan here. I’ve been a bit hesitant to do it, if only because I change my mind a lot. If I were to post my plan in its entirety today, I’m fairly certain that only about half of it would end up being accurate.
The solution? I’m going to start posting my training on a weekly basis. I’m still going off the Runner’s World Smart Coach in order to meet the suggested weekly mileage and paces, but I’ve made some adjustments. For instance, the plan calls for 3 rest days instead of 2, so if there’s more than one 8- or 9-miler during the week, I’ll split one of them into two days of 4 or 5 miles each. I’ll also skip speedwork or a tempo run in favor of another “easy pace” day if there’s a speed series 5K that week. Additionally, the plan peaks at 20 miles for the long-run component, so I’ve tweaked it to include a 22- and a 24-miler. I know a lot of people only go up to 20 miles during marathon training and go on to run great races, but I personally need to actually practice running almost the entire distance in order to be confident that I can keep going for nearly another hour on race day. (Side note to spectators: The last thing we want to hear at mile 20 is “Almost done!” See Buddy the Elf, above.)
Anyway, here’s what I’ve scheduled for this week:
Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:13
Wednesday: 7-mile tempo run (@ Red Hook track): Warm-up mile, 5 miles @ 7:52, Cool-down mile
Thursday: 7 miles @ 9:13
Friday: 4 miles @ 9:13
Sunday: 16 miles @ 9:13
Total: 38 miles
I kind of promise that I’m pretty positive that this is almost exactly how the week will play out.
In other news…
Oh, hey, did you make it this far? Glad you stuck around to find out that I finally made a decision and committed to Chicago! I’m very excited and very anxious to get some redemption on that race course in the form of a sub-4 on October 7. 95 days to go!