Everyone always asks me “when do you start training?” Well the answer is I’m always training, I train year round. Whether I have a training plan or not, I continue to run, do speedwork, get in a long run and cross train. I do take time off if my body needs it and I take a few days or a week off after a marathon. However, once I have a training plan and a goal, it’s balls to the wall and time to get serious.
After 2 weeks of what I like to call “pre-training” I’m starting my official homemade training plan now! I always make my own training plans after looking at other training plans that just don’t fit my schedule. So if you see a long run on a Friday night, it’s probably because I have something to do early Saturday morning (or am planning on staying out late on a Friday night).
After 2 trips to the pool, I’m feeling like a regular. The first week was rough but I saw a huge improvement the second time. I even bought the gear so I look like I know what I’m doing. Unless you see me in the pool and then you know the truth.
I even got a sick deal ($40) on cycling shoes on Active. I’m planning to use swimming and cycling to propel me into faster running times this year. I’m sticking by my no triathlon plan in 2014.
Here is what the last 2 weeks of workouts have looked like.
Pre-training Week 1:
Monday: 1 hour spin
Tuesday: Speedwork-1.5 mile WU, 4-800s, 1 mile CD. I was on the treadmill so I didn’t time my 800s, just ran really fast.
Wednesday: 3.03 run in the AM, strength work in the PM
Thursday: 3.10 in the AM, 3.10 in the PM and 20 mins of swimming.
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 15 mile long run. Was supposed to do 12 but legs had other plans. This never happens to me.
Sunday: 3 mile run and 1 hour spin and strength training in the PM
Total Mileage: 32.73
Pre-training Week 2:
Monday: 2 hour spin
Tuesday: Speedwork-1 mile WU, 4-800s at 3:18. 3:20, 3:19, 3:37, 1 mile CD. I was aiming for 3:30’s on the dot because there is still a long way to go and I don’t want to over do it.
Wednesday: 3.10 run in the AM, 3.10 in the PM
Thursday: 3.10 in the AM and 30 mins of swimming (550 meters) and strength training
Friday: 14 Mile long run on the treadmill because I was going out of town early Saturday morning :)
5 miles unplanned rest day. My legs were needing a day off and I had yet to take a rest day this week.
Sunday: 5.1 miles + strength training
Total Mileage: 33.4
Overall I am happy with how I am slowly building up my mileage and feel confident with completing the long runs (even if I struggled with my Friday long run). Now I just want to concentrate on keeping my long runs, LONG AND SLOW and keeping my speed work fast.
I saw this post from fellow Cleveland Marathon blogger, I’d Rather Be Sweating and am going to try it…eventually. I love adding protein into my diet and this seems like a great way, even if eggs in my oatmeal scare me. Although lately I’ve been obsessed with putting salsa in my omelets. I know people do this all the time this is the first time I’ve tried it.
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