How I’ve Changed My Training Plan
How’s everyone surviving in this cold so far?
I just heard on NY1 that it’s the first time since 2007 we have had temperatures in the 20′s for five consecutive days. Thank goodness, that was the year I started running outdoors and have collected quite a bit of cold weather running gear. Although, I have to confess running outdoors when the real feel is 4 degrees, is a lot more challenging than I remember it being!
The key for me in 2007 and the key for me now was having a running buddy waiting for me in Central Park. I know I can’t leave them standing around in the cold waiting for me, while I chicken out, so I get my runs in. The most challenging weather conditions create the most fun challenges. I might complain about the obstacles or the less than stellar running conditions, but when it’s all over I’m happier than I am after an ordinary run in ideal weather.
My last marathon training cycle went really well. I was happy with the times I was hitting on long runs and generally surprised at how easy they were beginning to feel. For Eugene I’m mixing it up a bit. My goal is to take those successes to the next level and continue to improve, not just do what I did last time (even though it seemed to be working).
Here’s how my training schedule is different this training cycle:
- My hamstring seems to be almost nearly pain-free which means harder core and leg workouts and more speedwork.
- Running higher mileage by adding in a fourth day of running.
- Taking it as it comes. I’ve sketched out a training schedule for myself, but I’m making more adjustments along the way than I did last time. I’m coaching myself the way I coach my clients (week by week with an overall big picture plan).
- Doing both tempo and speedwork each week. (again thanks to my improving hamstring)
- Prioritizing foam rolling
- Sleeping more
Do you mix up your training schedule or do you stick with a formula that works?