The June 6 race date, when I first heard about it, felt very far away. In reality, it's only 8 weeks from now. (Where has the year been going!?!?) Cue the mad scramble to put together some semblance of a training plan!
It was more challenging than anticipated to design a plan. This is for two reasons in particular:
1. Race Loading
I've got three races coming up during the next month:
- The CARA Live Grit 10-Miler this Saturday, April 18.
- The Race to Wrigley 10K next Saturday, April 25
- The Cinco de Miler on Saturday, May 9.
I have heard of some folks in this situation adding extra miles either before or after their races. That doesn't sound very appealing to me, though. Therefore, I am planning my long runs on non-race weekends.
2. Travel bug
Next month, I'll be in Korea visiting Helen. On top of the sheer amount of time that I'll be on an airplane, I'm not sure how easy it will be to go running while I am there. Even if it is easy, I don't want to use up an entire morning on a long run when I could be hanging out with Helen.
With both of these factors in mind, here is what I came up with:
- The yoga sculpt, Zumba, and yoga are all classes that I take at my company's fitness center.
- The Friday strength is some weight-lifting that I do at home.
- The 30-minutes speedwork refers to my go-to speed training workout. This includes a 10-minute warm-up, then alternating 1 minute at 5K race pace or faster with 1 minute of recovery. I do 10 repeats, then cool down.
- The Pure Barre class this Sunday is me taking advantage of a weekend promotion for a free class.
- U-pick can mean rest, cross-training, yoga, strength, or a few recovery miles.
Despite the thought process, this training plan is not the boss. I always give myself flexibility to change things up as needed for whatever reason. After all, I do this first and foremost to have fun!
What about you, what target races do you have on your radar screen right now? How is your training going so far this spring?