Workouts last week- I rode the bike. A lot. And did burpees.
For the past two weeks, I've taken off running completely
On today's agenda: Marathon training programs!!!!
Since the Buffalo Marathon is 20 weeks away (ahh!), it was time to figure out what plan to use. I think I may have looked at every intermediate marathon program on the internet. There are soooooooo many. Too many. So, I ended up asking a running friend (who's running Disney this weekend, go Dave!) which program he used. He recommended this.
I knew I wanted to try an intermediate plan because I have a specific time goal in mind. Even though I wouldn't consider myself an expert, or really even an intermediate at ALL, most of the beginner plans have one function, and that is to finish. While that is certainly a goal, I really wanted some speed work mixed in so I wasn't spending all my running just building up mileage.
I've taken a few weeks off of running, but have tried to keep a comparable routine with the bike so I didn't lose a ton of endurance. I guess we'll find out on Saturday how that all worked out, since I've got 8 miles.....
Of course, I'll definitely change it up a little from what's printed. 6 days a week of running is too much, and I know that my body can't handle it. So, I'll be switching some of the easy runs to bike rides or rest days.
I chose this plan for a couple reasons.
1. Dave used the advanced version and said he felt more than prepared to run 26.2. Even though he runs like, 5 minute miles, I hope this will be true for me as well.
2. I like that there is a lot of VARIETY. Nothing can make you get stagnant like running all. the. time. with no real goal except for running further and further. At least, that's how I feel. I love throwing speed work into the mix.
How do you train for races? A plan? Wing it? Show up and just run?
Thoughts on Burpees?
-They are, in fact, the devil in disguise