this is following up on my post last week where i started to go through the steps i take when creating my training schedule.
to recap: i have assessed what i am looking for in a training plan, picked a base plan, and now it’s time to tweak!
first things first… i take out my “life calendar” and line it up with my “running calendar”. the two will not always work together in perfect harmony so there is definitely some tweaking required! this is the step that tends to stress me out a bit. here are some things i consider:
specific days for specific workouts
i want my track workouts to be on wednesday, since that is when i meet my team at the track. i still have yet to find a training plan with a track workout no wednesdays so i have to make it work. this also requires tweaking the rest of the schedule because i don’t want to do back to back hard days (tempo day after a track day). i like to have an “easy” day in the middle. so this requires moving a couple of the days around.
since i do my schedule in excel, i copy and past columns over the others and voila la, a plan. then i have to take a step back and look at the big picture to make sure the weeks flow together. do i have a hard long training run on saturday or sunday? then i probably need to make sure there is a rest or easy day before jumping straight into another hard one. it’s hard to make it all balance, but eventually you will find the right flow.
are you lucky enough to have a vacation planned during your marathon training? sometimes these can be great and can really bolster your running, but other times running may take a back seat. anticipate this and plan accordingly. shift around your long runs to get them done before you leave or after you get back, incorporate a recovery/step back week and cut down the mileage, and basically just do what you can to help set yourself up to succeed.
do you have parties, weddings or other important life events on the weekends that might put a damper on a long run? i like to make sure that i am not missing out on every fun thing during marathon training, so if i have something going on, i do my best to plan around it and get it done early, just incase i won’t be feeling up to a long run on the sunday morning after a wedding. if i am scheduling my long runs for sunday, but know that one sunday i most likely won’t be able to, i shift it to saturday, which then requires some tweaking of the rest of the week.
are there tune up races you want to run or have committed to? i love racing during training and think it really can help my training, but i have to make sure to fit them in during the right spots, and run the race accordingly. do i need to not “race” the race and just “run” it at long run pace? if i am racing a 10k, then i probably don’t need to do that tempo run the day before? are you going to need to recover from the race? i ask myself all these things when i am looking at incorporating races into my schedule. there is definitely some tweaking of both the schedule, and of the race goals that comes into play.
we all know that a training schedule isn’t set in stone and it won’t always go perfectly, but i think planning ahead, anticipating where you might hit a bump, and setting yourself up to succeed really help out the process. you know yourself the best and it’s all about making a schedule that is suited for you.
what are things you consider when tweaking your schedule around?
next up… the final details/product!
i will also be answering any questions left on the last post or this one,
so feel free to ask away in the comments if you have any questions!
22 miles on the bike this morning with a teammate and i felt a million times better. i was so much more relaxed, not so stiff, felt more in a groove and i really had fun! yay!
22 miles/1:27:29/15.0 mph
tonight is track and tomorrow is another bike ride with jolynn – can’t wait!! i love staycation!
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