Training Tuesday! How to write your schedule.
So, this weeks Training Tuesday might seem a little short from our end, but the reason is simple. Why reinvent the wheel? When I first started running in high school, I had a coach that spelled it out for me. All I had to do was show up, which according to most running meme's, is the hardest part. After HS, I was always going out and running random distances. I didn't race much and didn't really have goals. It was quite a few years that I learned the importance of having a training plan. Just having a training plan wasn't always enough if that training plan was just for one particular event. I have discovered, like many other people, that you need to train for life. Teach your body to perform and be well rounded and it will serve you for any event. The key is to modify and adapt your long term training goals for short term events.
The link below is from Runners World. While the plan itself is intended for training for a 50 mile ultramarathon, it is easily adapted to any sort of training goals. During the week, you are given 2 days off. Friday is in preparation for the block training occurring on Saturday and Sunday while Monday is to allow your body some down time after a hard weekend.
When looking at this schedule, don't see a hard set of rules. They are guidelines. One change I like to make for my weekend blocks is to bicycle or swim for the allotted time. I also don't generally run for more than 3 hours unless it is during a competition. I utilize Monday and Friday as recovery rest days or as cross-training days. Get in the gym and focus on specific muscle groups.
Another approach for this plan in particular that I have is to take note of the 'required' workout, use it as a suggestion to go out and see what I can do and then compare. I like to write it out on the calendar. That way I can see what was expected of me and how I measured up. Perhaps I am not ready to do the distances that are outlined (or the hours on your feet for that matter), but the formula's are the same and can be used with any distance.
So, there it is. Take a look. There are a lot of other great tips and suggestions there. This could even be a training plan for the non-runner as it will give you some great workout ideas (tempo/recovery/distance at goal time) that can be mixed in with your regular routine.
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