I'm about 20 posts behind where I want to be... sort of like my training is behind schedule. I've been trying to figure out how best to explain what I want to do and why anyone should bother reading about it.
Most people who read this are training to run a 1/2-marathon or marathon on the roads or 50 miles to 100 miles on trails. I'm going to train to do 1 mile on a track, preferably at national-class level for men my age. Though it sounds at first like there's nothing in common, I think I know how to keep people reading (besides stories of personal failings, especially in dating).
When I first started this blog, one of my goals was to write "my book on training." I've done that. Unfortunately, the few people whose eyes didn't glaze over immediately told me things like, "I read that four times... it's brilliant, I think, but maybe I need to read it again..." or "What am I supposed to do with that?! Just tell me what I'm supposed to do!" I covered all the details - excruciatingly, at times - but I never said quite how to create one's own training schedule.
So, I'm going to show how I created my training plan and show how it compares to those written by well-known coaches, which will go to explain concepts that get tossed around by people who don't understand them. I hope people will learn when a fast continuous run becomes a "threshold run" becomes a "tempo run" becomes a "time trial," plus a few other useful things.
I'm also going to try to cover how I implement the plan as I do it and how I make changes when things go wrong (for example, this week I blew out my knee). Eventually, it could end up looking like a standard training blog, pllus reviews of zombie films, experimental confectionery, bushwhacking in the Boundary Waters and the eternal struggle to find a woman who can tolerate me for more than a week.
Well, maybe it won't change so much, after all.
6 days ago