I have trained for 4 endurance events now (2- 10 milers and now 2 half marys). I have trained for each of these events alone (although it was nice to have teammates to consult during my Hope relay training) and I believe this has a huge impact on the will to keep on running.
A friend of mine called me last week since she is training for her first 10k ( I’m thrilled she’s catching the running bug) and wanted to talk training schedules. Now I am a novice runner, so I can only speak from my personal, short experience…however, I think when starting out, it’s good to talk to others who haven’t run multiple marathons (I remember the first time I laced up a little more clearly than some seasoned vets).
Tuesday – 4 mile run
Wednesday – Cross (usually spinning or interval cardio class)
Thursday- 3 miles and body pump
Saturday- Strength training (aka Body Pump)
Sunday – Long run
I based my training off of Hal Higeon’s intermediate half program. I should mention this is a flexible schedule. If I feel achy on Wednesday and can’t do my cross training, I might take my rest day then. If I have a big Saturday night planned, I usually do my long run Saturday morning to allow Sunday to recover. Life happens, and this schedule is all about working around life events.
1.) Avoid training burnout. – Last time I trained alone I dreaded long run Sundays because of the boredom. This time I’m putting the word out for friends to join me (even if its just for a mile or two) to break things up.
2.) Have better balance. – All running with no stretching and no strength training led to my ITBS flaring in a big way. This time I’m hoping with the incorporation of yoga and intense cross training, I can keep the cardio up, and keep my body healthy.
3.) Better finish time- Now that my body knows the endurance it takes to complete the 13.1, I want to beat my Disney time in a big way. Hopefully Savannah will be kind to me on my return visit.
4.) Better nutrition.- Training = my appetite increasing 10x. This time I want to make more conscious choices about what I’m eating and when. After all, food is fuel.
So far the training has been a little more sporadic than I prefer. But I’m hoping with a little better time management (and maybe some early morning runs) I’ll be following the schedule to a ‘T’.
Question of the night: How do you train for endurance events? Do you follow a training schedule or do you create your own?