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Plan for the week of Januare 23-29. KISS

Sunday, January 23, 2011

You know, Keep it Simple, Stupid.

For weeks now, I have had my running friends assure me that I can prepare for a marathon on two runs a week. Well, they may be comfortable doing that but that's not for me. When I run two times in a week, I don't actually gain any conditioning/speed/strength etc. Usually my shorter run is OK, and my longer one sucks ass. I get so tired because I'm not properly training that I end up walking more than I should. So, I know I need to get back up to 4 (or even 5) a week, so that I can get my confidence in my ability to run long again.

Right now there is just no joy in running for me because I don't feel like I'm a "real runner" because I'm so slow and it's so painful - my legs just feel like lead. It's not painful in the sense of the injury. Right now that feels fine, but there's no "spring" in my step anymore. I feel like I'm just dragging. I want that feeling back - the feeling of success and fulfillment!

Here is what I intend to do this week, and I'm keeping it simple (not going for a drastic change)

Sunday - Vinyasa Yoga
Monday - Run (5 miles is my goal) Strength training in pm
Tuesday - Bike in A.m. and elliptical in Pm/strength training in pm
Wednesday - Run in pm
Thursday - Bike in am, upper body workout in pm
Friday - Long run - 8-9 miles in afternoon.
Saturday - Rest day (Dave's funeral)

So, I am going to try to get back to three runs for a week or two, then add another short one into my plans.
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  • MBSHAZZER
    That's a great plan. It might feel like work instead of fun in the beginning, but with a slow buildup, you'll be back in fighting form in no time!
    3755 days ago
  • SEEHOLZ
    I have never heard of 2 runs per week, but there are lots of plans for 3 runs per week--- Less is more or something like that. With all my injuries I'm sticking to 3 runs per week. Now, I'm not using it to train for a marathon, but that's not my goal right now. I want to build a LOOOOONG base and get my body 100% before embarking on any major training- that might take me years-LOL... semi serious here.

    In any event, maybe focus on some qualify runs, quality cross training and see what your magic number of runs per week is. I still think mine is 4, but the 4th would be an easy run anyways, so I don't need it right now. Cross training does the rick for me.

    I am still slow, but I think it's mainly due to my weight gain in the past 2 yrs and my sporadic running in 2010. That said, I think it's a great idea to focus on your form over mileage- and figure out what will make you feel good- I doubt that it's just empty miles.

    I just hope that you don't get back to the injury world by getting back to too many runs per week- just saying that as someone that's constantly injured myself... sigh.

    You will get to that place Molly-- keep working towards it. It's there!
    3756 days ago
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