Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Training plans are like recipes
The training plan that I'm using right now is one from Outside Magazine, and it's tailored to help you run a 1:30 half marathon. It took me three tries, and four total cycles through the plan, before I made that goal. Each time I went through the plan, I tweaked it a little bit, until eventually I think I have it in a pretty good place for me. When I needed a training plan for my fall marathons this year, I simply modified the half plan to include longer weekend runs, and to include some longer tempo and speed work during the week. So far it's working well for me; we'll see how it does this fall.
So go out and find a training plan for whatever race you're looking at. But pay attention to how your body reacts to the different workouts, and don't be afraid to change things around a bit to better suit you. And then, after all that working out, go make some cookies.