I was looking at what races I should do before my big goal in the fall. Working backward, the Voyageur 50 mile or Afton 50K (but not both, for once) seemed logical and then I'd have the Superior 50K in May and ignore all the tempting races of April. Then I thought it'd be a good idea to do a more typical marathon training schedule leading into that race, while still keeping up the mileage and long runs for the fall slogfest.
That's when I looked at the training schedules different coaches have created for the marathon and noticed...
I'm already supposed to be in the first week of hard training! Less than an hour after thinking about training, I'm already behind schedule. Great. Okay, I'm fine with that (really). No, no, I mean it.
Oh, who am I kidding? This is not good, especially as I'm probably only in shape to run a 3:30 marathon... or in shape to train for a 3:30 marathon.
Ugh. I feel old and slow. It didn't help that I ran into some old friends this week and I'm the only one who's grey, bald, wrinkled, age-spotted, etc., even though we're all the same age.
And I have a cold.
Still, how's my mood?
I'll teach your grandmother to suck eggs!
So, what in the world will next week's training look like on paper?
M 60 minutes (with short sprints?)
T 90 minutes with 10x3min hard- 3 min easy
W 60 min. with 10 strides at mile pace
Th 90 min. with 8x 200m. uphill @ current 5K pace
F 60 min.
Sa 17-18 miles with last 3-5 @ current marathon pace plus powerwalking to 4-4.5 hours
S 120 min with last 5 miles at increased pace
What'll it probably look like in the rearview mirror?
M 0. Sick
T 30 min, dead on my feet
W 60 min, threw in a fast burst to look good in front of pretty girl
Th 0. Nursing sore back from yesterday's run
F 60 min., slow
Sa 120 min; waited all day for the temperature to rise and the wind to die, then forced myself to do something before nightfall, but it was right after a meal and I didn't feel like it.
S 90 min. Spent day rewriting next week's plans.
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