One of the major things I have learned while training for 10 marathons is that no training plan is set in stone. I love training plans, I love writing them, and I just love having a schedule out in front of me, BUT that does not mean any training plan I write for myself cannot be tweaked, or in this case just completely re-written.
Last week I realized that my training plan was focusing on The San Francisco Marathon as my A race, which it is not. I was having trouble keeping up with the schedule I was using, and just was losing steam quick. Instead of continuing down the road on something I just wasn’t excited about, I decided to revamp my schedule to give it a new look, some new techniques and use a new plan (from Hudson’s Run Faster) as my guide. I feel like I am kind of stuck in this plateau right now and in order to get out of it, I need to start incorporating some different things.
Hudson’s plans are typically 20 weeks long and The Portland Marathon is now 16 weeks away (!!), so last week I jumped into Week 4 of the Level 2 marathon training plan (with some alterations), since my mileage was already pretty close to what was on that week of training. This week I plan to follow his workouts more closely.
My challenge and goal for my plan is to get my long runs high enough to let me complete SFM without being underprepared, but also not have a plan centered around it. My long runs are longer than his base plan in order to accomplish this. Since I am treating that SFM as an extra long training run, the weeks around it won’t look like what a typical pre-race taper would look like for me.
I also happily incorporated Page’s wedding events (!!) into my plan, as well as other social commitments and group runs into my schedule. July is a busy month so I needed to make sure to plan around things so I don’t stress myself out.
Note on training plans: make sure to check your social/life calendar against your training plans to make sure you don’t over commit yourself and can plan accordingly! It’s really easy to put a training plan on paper without all the life commitments we all have, so make sure to compare them.
After SFM, I will continue with the Hudson training program, but will play it by ear based on how I feel after that race. That first week is definitely penciled in and will be adjusted as necessary.
Some new things in this plan:
- Fartleks – short bursts of fast speed work based on time
- Progression Runs – get faster as you go
- Hill Sprints – short fast sprints up hill to build power
- Hill Repetitions – longer repetitions of speed work on hills
- Multi-Paced Threshold Runs – threshold runs with multiple paces
There will also be some standard speed work and some normal tempo runs I have done in the past, but the other things above will be mixed in to keep variety in my training plan and to keep my legs guessing. The speed work is slowly introduced as the weeks go on which I think is exactly what I need right now.
As always this plan isn’t set in stone. One of the things Hudson stresses in his book (that I really like) is “adaptive running” which is constantly reassessing your training to customize it to your needs and adapt to how you are responding to your current training.
So that’s it!
I am really excited to start mixing up my training a little bit. It’s fun to not have the same thing every week and have some new things to incorporate into my training. I have been scoping out hills and planning routes for different runs, and I can’t wait to get out there and get going.
I will definitely get into more specifics as I go! I have also updated My Current Training page to reflect the new plan.
Oh! One last thing…
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