Something's been catching my attention lately: many people are following training schedules they've found and then get frustrated when they can't follow them to the letter. They want someone to tell them what to do, rather than make their own schedule, but then they see that they've got a conflict with other things they have to do (20 miles? I have a wedding to go to!) or they find they can't finish a particular workout and they feel there's something wrong with them - and, if they don't manage to run the time they planned in the race, there's that one workout that they can blame.
I've decided to do a series of posts that will give my idealized training plans for 1.) 100 miles/24 hours, 2.) 5k/10K and 3.) marathon/50K. They are, in a word, impossible. It's easy to make plans that can't be done! The thing to know is how to modify a plan to suit one's needs and abilities and I'll try to show how to do that. I'll try to explain what happens if you skip a particular kind of workout. I'm starting with the monster distances, as I've spent a lot of time on it recently and it's fresh in my mind. Then I'm going to the short stuff, because I know it as well as anyone on the planet. I hope that getting through those will prepare me for the last one, which I expect will have a lot of problems.
Fisher's Big Wheel
1 week ago