There are two times to train – when you want to, and when you don’t.
— SKORA Running (@skoraRunning) January 15, 2013
I’ve been checking race dates, crunching numbers, and browsing forums for the past few weeks trying to get a training schedule together. I’m still tweaking numbers, but its getting there. Here’s whats been bouncing around in my head:
I have just two goals when it comes to races. 1) I want to run at least 3 halfs (halves?) and 2) at least one of them to be under 2:00.
Every year I say the same few things that I wish I had done. This year I plan to actually do them, so I want to incorporate the following:
- Cross-training (elliptical, bike, swim, walk)
- A steady 20+ miles a week
I do much better when I have structure. Its the OCD in me. So I plan to reserve certain days of the week for certain exercises.
|Short Run|| Weight
|Short Run|| HIIT
Putting It All Together
My first known half is scheduled for May 19th, Back 2 the Beach. I hope to have my weekly miles up to 25 by the end of April. So now its just a matter of back-filling and accounting for any races I may run. Which brings up my last thought on making a training schedule.
I need some form of test I do periodically to track my progress. Jeff Galloway has the magic mile, Hal Hidgon suggests races and Bart Yasso has his 800s. What other options do I have? Anyone have a method they like to use to test themselves?
I’m interested in hearing what others do to form their training schedule. Do you other-think it like me, or just go out and run whatever you feel like?