I realized that a lot of you might not realize why I choose to run the number of miles I do on a daily basis or might just want to keep up to date with my training so I thought I would post my training plan. I'm following the Jenny Hadfield Begginning Run Plan.
I just finished week 8 and am about to start on week 9. I chose this plan for a few reasons. For one, I liked that the long run fell on Saturdays and the primary rest day fell on Sunday because it aligned with my schedule a bit better. I also liked that it stretched 20 weeks (there are a lot of 18 week plans out there and I wanted to start as soon as possible). I also liked that it included a lot of cross training because I just was NOT ready to give up on my spin classes at GrooveRyde. I chose the beginner's run version because I had been running 3-6 miles pretty regularly and that this one was best for me.
Modifying to fit your life and your body
One thing I really struggled with when I ran the half marathon a few years ago was not letting myself modify. This time I'm doing things a bit differently. I'm definitely listening to my body more. I had a nasty cold last week and had to skip a few runs. Normally, I'd be super hard on myself, and would mostly likely run anyway and have the cold last twice as long as it normally would. This time around, if I'm sick or in pain, I'm going to take a day or two off, especially if they are the shorter runs during the week. If they are the longer weekend runs, I try to make sure I make up for them during the following week.
I've also switched some of the days around. I tend to do my shorter runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and do my cross training Tuesdays and Fridays instead of having a run on Friday. Not that my cross training isn't difficult (I either take spin classes and do weights or eliptical and weights) but it's nice to have something low impact before my longer runs on Saturdays. My knees seem to be thanking me every week.
I've also tried to incorporate some additional weight and strength work during the week. I'm a firm believer that my body cannot run this marathon by training with running alone and I think strength work is so important for runners.
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