The Plan…

As I previously stated, here is an attempt in my goal to have more recipes.  Only my stirfry isn’t much a recipe.  Lots of veggies, including butternut squash and sweet potatoes.  Tofu.  Garlic powder, or if you are like everyone but me, fresh garlic (I cannot digest the fresh stuff), a hint of cayenne pepper, and tamari.  That’s it.  I use brown rice or Jasmine rice.    It’s a super fast, and healthy din-din.    Jasper likes the colors.  Hopefully he’ll eat it all up someday and won’t be too picky.

Stephanie S. asked about my marathon training plan.  It hasn’t proven successful yet, as I have a little over a week until I find out if I run a Boston qualifier, but I thought I would share with everyone my plan, because I thought it was great for a busy person who runs pretty low mileage.  It is not on the Runner’s World website, but I got it from one of the summer issues, and I can just summarize it here.  I did not follow exactly, but I did follow the long runs exactly.  So here is what I did:

I took out the mid week mid distance run.  It was just too hard for me to run a 10 miler before work.  I already get up at 415, and I limited my weekday runs to 6-8 miles.  I also eliminated an off day.  I take 1 day off every week, and the plan called for 2.    For the first half of the plan I did a day of a 6-8 miler with hill repeats.  I had a hilly route, and would hit the hills 2-3 times each.  I did this on about 4 different hills, none too long.  This was my key mid week workout.   The second half of the training, I ran a hilly route, but eliminated the repeats and ran faster than race pace.    I also did at least 1 race pace run every week and 1-2 recovery runs where I just ran and never worried about time.  Then there was the long run.  This plan started at 10 miles and slowly worked up to 22 (we made it 23).  I usually did an 8 miler the day after the long run, sometimes at race pace.    The plan is a 16 week long build up, and every 3-4 weeks you drop the long run back a little bit.   We did  long runs of:  10, 10, 12, 10, 13, 15, 16, 14, 18, 20, 15, 18, 23, 17, 12, race.  There were supposed to be 2 weeks in a row of 20 milers, but I got the stomach flu and only managed 15, but that was one reason I liked this plan, as there was a little wiggle room on long runs.  So the peak weekly mileage was about 55.   It was very doable with my schedule and with Jasper.  The things that made it hard weren’t related to the training load.    I also made it my goal to do one yoga class a week, and stretch and do core work after every run.  This part was hard with Jasper, but for the most part I was really good about doing all these things for injury prevention.

So there you have it.  We’ll see if it works.   If I could have done more, I would have liked to have the mid week run a little  longer and do more cross training stuff like yoga, bike riding and pilates, but all that is just about impossible to do with the Owl.  I think this will just have to be good enough.  I can’t wait to see if it all comes together in a good result.  I am getting taper madness!!!

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