[Or, in my case, just running and and trying not to come in last.]
As usual I wake up five weeks before race day and think, "hmmm...how shall I prepare for this thing?" I'm a winner, not a planner, duh. Also it is helpful that at least one of my children are conveniently sick one week out of each month so as to throw off any lofty training goals.
Actually I'm not trying to win, I'm not trying to beat a certain pace....I just want to finish. And I would like to not be last in my age group. Although I will certainly be last in my mommy group. I don't know why I hang out with those fast bitches.
I am by no means a runner, an expert, nor uber experienced, but I have just learned what works in my body/schedule/recovery time and here's what I've come up with for Broad Street so that I may finish the thing.
[And remember hubby/coach's motto:]
It doesn't have to be pretty.
|Week of||Short Run||Cross - Train||Short Run||Cross - Train||Long Run|
|Apr 1||missed||gardening||3 miles||spin||5 miles|
|Apr 8||4 miles||gardening||3 miles||spin||8 miles|
|Apr 15||4 - 5 miles||spin/swim||3 miles||long bike (30 m)||10-11 miles|
|Apr 22||3 - 4 miles||swim .5-1k||4-5 miles||spin||6-9 miles|
|Apr 29||3 - 4 miles||swim .5-1k||3 miles||[not this week]||RACE|
I only post this to help others say "no, idiot, that's not right" or "ok I think I could do that" because that's what I do when I'm searching others' training plans. I actually haven't found much for other people's 10-miler plans; I just know my basic rules, as framed from bits and pieces I've learned.
Quick & Dirty Training Rules
- 2 short runs and 1 long run per week
- other strength-building/exercise helps keep me loose
- a little taper towards the last week to rest/prep
- never run the exact distance for mental purposes
- sprint/intervals for one short run per week helps with speed
But that goes to the point that the reason I under-train, under-prepare, and under-think it, is that I'm only keeping my eye on one race this season: Delaware DiamondMan, September 8th; my first Half-Iron distance race.
Oh yeah....gotta email that coach....