It has begun. After weeks of research and pondering, tweaking and revising, the Marathon Training Plan is complete and ready to be applied. It is a 26 week program and will conclude 2 weeks prior to the Ottawa Marathon. By then I will decide what to do for Tapering. I am good at Winging It, so that might be my best Tapering strategy.
This is a random picture of the trail I travel most often.
Here is how my first week went :
- Monday – Plan: 6km of easy Running
Okay, I did run easy but only for 5km. That was poor planning on my part. I was running with Workplace Run Group. We meet every Monday morning for a run, usually 5km to 8km. I had an car appointment and we were short on time so we settled for 5km. This training schedule is meant to be flexible and I tested that theory on Day 1.
- Tuesday – Plan : Circuit Workout
This went according to plan. My street is a Crescent and the distance around is exactly 400 meters, perfect distance to run around and dash into the house for burpees, squats, etc. For now I will do Circuits only once a week but will add a second day in a few weeks. It took several days for my poor Abs to recover.
- Wednesday -Plan :Rest Day
Wednesday is Group Run Night and I usually run at the back of the pack for a gentle run. It allows me to keep my Run Streak Alive while allowing me to recover from previous day’s run. Tonight’s run was 4km in the pouring rain. The girl I was running with had a sore back so we walked a lot and got really wet!
- Thursday- Plan – 6 miles Easy run
I should have looked at this more closely. I thought it said 6km. I am using Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 as a base plan with several modifications. It is measured in Miles and I converted it to Kilometers. ( Except for this day. ) Today was a Workplace Group Run and we were doing 7k so I thought I was going further than scheduled. Oh well…
- Friday -Plan – Rest Day
Because I am a Streaker, my Rest Day is not the same as everyone else’s Rest Day. I decided to do 2 miles on my work lunch break. I planned to Run Easy but ended up doing Speed Intervals just because they are fun. It was Fun!
- Saturday – Plan – Cross Training
Is Running Cross Training? I was inspired to run 6km at the park today.. just because. My bad! Then I went to the gym where I was inclined to do inclines . Today was strictly cardio with twenty minutes of walking at 15 % incline, 10 minutes on the Stair Climber and then 10 minutes Spinning, followed by some stretching.
- Sunday – Plan : Rest Day
2km at a snail’s pace in the rain after dark.
Summary: I didn’t stick with the plan 100 % but that would take the fun out of it, wouldn’t it?
Have a fantastic week! Cheers!