This week's runs have been interesting.
Tuesday was a pretty nightmarish 5 mile run with 3 miles at Tempo pace of 7:13. It was hot, I was on the treadmill, and my headphones were broken.
Wednesday, I did 10 miles outside at 8:13 pace with relative ease. I hit my stride around mile 3 and never looked back. Not even when I ran out of sidewalk and had to run in the bike lane...in the dark...because
I laugh at danger I'm not very smart. That is, I didn't look back until I smelled ANOTHER skunk. What is it with California and those things?
After my stress fracture, I didn't really have a training plan. In the words of Forrest Gump: "If I was hungry....I ate. If I was tired.....I slept. And if I had to...you know...I went!" So, when I felt good, I ran. When I didn't feel good, I didn't run. I worked to increase my weekly long run by 2 miles each week - up to 18. It got me to a 3:44 finish, but I blew up around mile 22. I think that I blew up mostly because of the lack of long run miles. So, for my New Orleans race in 4.5 weeks, I plan to fix that with a formalized plan.
Like I've said before, I'm pretty busy right now with work. I'm trying to wrap up one gig while starting up another one. Annoying. But, my pain is your visual gain. Because I am so busy, my head is pretty much always
in the gutter thinking of numbers.
I want to get back into speed work and get back into lifting weights. So, I need to add those to the schedule. I also want to get back into 20 mile weekends, so I'll want to put some of those in there too. But, I'm trying to follow the 10% rule as much as possible, so I don't want to go TOO crazy. Put that all together, and this is what you get for my Marathon 2 Marathon 6 week training plan:
For some reason, my job as of late has been about Power Point. I don't mind power point, but it takes a LOT of time for someone like me who likes everything to look just right. That said, for all of you executive types (I'm including the CEO of the household here), the executive wanna-bes, and even the folks who are just the master of their domain, I've included a bit of a one pager summary of my approach. Feel free to print it out and stick it to your fridge. You know, to tide you over between your blog visits.
Let me know what you think of the plan. Too much too soon? Not enough miles? Not enough beer? I thought about a line item for post recovery beer, but I was afraid that would get a little too repetitive with "yes yes yes yes" across each day.
If one of those formats doesn't sell you that I know what I'm talking about, well then I just may have to bring out Vince the Slap chop / sham wow guy - because something is totally wrong.