So I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I signed up for the BAA half again. But I also signed up for Reach the Beach relay in September! RTB is a 200 mile relay race that you run with a team of 12 and take turns running the legs over a 24 hour period. A guy at my husband’s work had a team and asked if we wanted to join – we’re stoked!
I’m really excited to be training for these 2 races. I had a half plan all in place, but after signing up for RTB, I wanted to up the mileage a bit so I’m a little more prepared.
My basic week of training will look something like this:
- Mon: 3-5 miles & strength
- Tue: track workouts/tempo runs alternating
- Wed: 3 mi w/a friend in the AM
- Thur: strength
- Fri: rest
- Sat: long run
- Sun: yoga and/or biking
So 4 solid days of running, 1 speed workout, 2 strength sessions, and yoga. Here’s the calendar version of the plan.
(Those 2 blank Friday’s the bottom are supposed to be rest days, I just forgot to write it in – oops!)
I feel like this plan is definitely advanced for me. The speed work will be new and challenging. I’m also doing 2 mi jumps in long runs to play catch up so I’m RTB ready in time. I’m not worried about the mileage jumps but I can already tell it will be tougher.
I left some off weekends for life stuff I have going on (my parents coming to town) because I know if I plan to workout but don’t really have the time, I’ll be so mad at myself if I don’t get the workout done. So I’m just not going to plan for anything. If I run those weekends, great! If not, that was part of the plan.
Like I did through marathon training, I’m going to continue to use Tuesday as my training recap day for workouts from the week.
Last week looked like this:
- Mon: 2.75 mi
- Tue: 3 mi & this arms video
- Wed: track workout, 200m x3, 400m x2 + biking to the track & back
- Thur: 10 min abs video
- Fri: 15 min bike ride (ran to the store!)
- Sat: 6 mi
- Sun: yoga
It was a good week overall, but I definitely felt exhausted because I haven’t been used to so much activity. I also wasn’t getting enough sleep. Strength training was kind of wimpy as I only did about 20 minutes total, but my track workout left me very sore for about 3 days.
My long run was kind of awful and it wasn’t even truly long! I was really dehydrated and it was hot though, so I’m hoping that was the problem and that I’m not really that out of shape…
I will admit that part of me is like, wait, why am I doing this again? But really – running provides so much stability for me. It makes me feel good about myself in so many ways. Being committed to a training plan gives my life so much more direction than if I wasn’t training for anything.
Since I ran the marathon, I’ve been kind of aimless with running since I didn’t have any set goals. It’s been nice to have a break, but I am truly happy to get back on the training band wagon again
Questions for You:
- How have your running or fitness goals changed over time?
- Do you like to train in the summer?