Today it dawned on me that I’m running a half marathon in 26 days and hoping to PR and I have NO PLAN. I’m also training to do a 100K cycling event. 100K is 62 miles. We may drop down to the 41 miler if we feel like we need to do so. Truth be told, I just ran for almost 5 hours so I know I can ride a bike for that long too. We’ll see what the “old man” wants to do come April 3rd. Just like him to hold me back
Regardless, I haven’t ridden my bike since my accident (June 2010) and I need to make sure my shoulder can handle it. Not only that, but my body needs to adjust to riding a bike again. Although I am reasonably fit right now, if I don’t get out there and ride for some longer amounts of time my butt, back, neck and lady bits will hurt to high heaven.
So I did it! I sat down and took a hour to write out a training plan. This isn’t based on any specific training program. It’s based on what I think will work best FOR ME and my schedule.
I have to base my workouts on what I can do and when I can do it. That made a whole lot of sense right? What I’m trying to say is I have to do long runs on Sundays (when there are no sporting events for the kids). I have to do gym workouts on Mon/Wed/Fri when I have Jack and I have to do my long bike rides on Tues/Thurs when ALL the kids are in school.
I’m incorporating strength training 3 days a week as I think it is so important for event training. I did strength training during my marathon training, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. This is due, in part, to laziness and my shoulder’s inability to cooperate. My shoulder is getting a lot stronger which should help me get back to a good weight training routine and some
big guns less flabby arms.
Since I’m trying to run a “speedy” half marathon I need to do some speed training. I’m using Wednesdays as my speed training days. I despise running on the treadmill so anything I can do to break up the monotony will be great. I’ll be doing what is called a Fartlek. In my case, I’ll be running 1 minute hard (hopefully a 9:00 minute mile pace) followed by 2 minutes of walking then repeat 6 to 8 times.
Like I said, this is the training program that I believe will work FOR ME. I’m no professional, but I do know my body and what I am capable of doing. I’m comfortable working out 5 days a week and I’m used to a couple of 2 hour plus cardio workouts a week.
I’m excited for an awesome month of training and some more BLING!