It’s started. Training for my first big post-accident race. I’m doing the New Orleans Rock n Roll marathon on February 28.
For some reason, I’m a sucker for winter marathon training. I must like the treadmill more than I let on.
I started last week and have a new approach. You know that saying: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a sign of insanity?” Well, that’s been my strategy for marathon training and I’ve finally realized, I’m a little insane. So, instead of planning a 7-day week with a long run, a few quality runs and some junk miles, I’m moving to a 9-day microcycle. This means I schedule out 9 days, and only do one speed or hill workout, one tempo and one long run in that period of time. This gives me at least 2 days of recovery between each hard run – something my older body needs. Days between these quality runs might include an easy run and other cross training.
For example, here’s a training cycle near the beginning of my plan:
|long run 10mile
(teach Cycle class)
(teach Cycle class, strength-training and teach core blast )
|easy 3-4 mile run
teach Cycle class, swim
|Hill run of 5-6 miles||no run
teach Strength/ cardio with plyos, strength training, step mill 30 minutes)
(Trainer ride and swim)
|Run 6 miles/ tempo||No run
(teach Cycle class, strength swim)
|Easy run 3 miles
(cycle class (teach), core blast class (teach))
Not everyone’s life can work off such a microcycle, but my flexible schedule can. I don’t have to wait for a long weekend to carve out 3 hours for a run. It could fall on a Monday, Wednesday or, this week, on a Sunday. But, moving the long run around helps address the dilemma of how many runs to do a week and over-training – sort of.
So tomorrow, I’m set for 12 miles. I haven’t run anything notable since Thursday. This schedule has my workouts more measured – I’m feeling a bit lazy, in fact.
I like it.