A few days ago, I started to ponder the question... "How do I train when I'm not training for anything? I thought about it a lot, and this morning I have officially made my decision.
Guys, I never, ever race. In the past two years, I have run two marathons and the mile. All you runners out there in blog land- you are racing machines! Can I come play? I want to to race now, too!
On October 19th, I'm running the Kids' Chance 10k in Harrisburg.
I decided on the 10k distance because I want to work on my speed, so I figured a 10k would be good for that. Also, after reading Heather's re-cap, I realized I have never raced the 10k distance! I'm not just running it, I want to race it. And I have a goal in mind. I don't know if it is too lofty, and I don't want to jinx myself before I even start training... Let me get into my training before I share my goal with you. Aw, what the hell, full disclosure: I want to run a sub 45 minute 10k.
This is why I don't race. Whenever I race, I set these huge goals. I have a feeling I will know whether or not I will be able to hit this goal halfway through my training. If I realize I can't, I will have to adjust my expectations accordingly!
I'm really excited about my training plan! My "weeks" are nine days long. That way I can fit in the strength training workouts I want.
Each "week" is like this:
Day 1- Chest/Shoulders/Tri
Day 2- Back/Bi/Legs
Day 3- Easy run
Day 4- Tempo run
Day 5- Chest/Shoulders/Tri
Day 6- Back/Bi/Legs
Day 7- Speed work (400s)
Day 8- Easy run
Day 9- Long easy run (never above 10 miles)
This way, I get two complete lower body rest days (Day #1 and Day #5) every nine days and fit in my strength training.
As far as mileage, the most it will ever be is 30 miles every nine days. I am okay with that. For me, less is more at this point.
Besides what is listed above, I have decided to become FULLY COMMITTED to foam rolling, stretching, and strengthening my glutes in an effort to repair whatever is going on with my IT Band and the connective tissue around it. I won't type out my foam rolling and stretching plan for you, because seriously, you will fall asleep reading it. But it is time I fully commit to getting it under control. I haven't tried everything yet, so I have no right to complain if there are more things I can try.
Well, that's the dilly!
Are your training plans weekly or longer/shorter?
Any tips for racing a 10k?