It’s okay that I inexplicably look like a prizefighter. I’m only working with like 75 adolescent singers today. They won’t notice. Hopefully I can distract them with a bold mix of prints.
So, after a bit of athletic malaise, I’m fully back in action! Training for the Oakland Half Marathon (deferred from last year) begins on 12/2 and I’ll be using the FIRST plan outlined in the book Run Less, Run Faster .
This plan appeals to me on every level:
* 3 running workouts a week. Yay for avoiding injury and burnout.
* The workouts are targeted, specific, and aggressive. A welcome change from lots and lots and lots of slow miles. Exactly what I need to push me out of my comfort zone.
* To ensure that you get adequate cardiovascular training, the plan requires at least two key cross-training workouts (swimming, cycling, or rowing). This is a PERFECT bridge to triathlon training which will begin properly in May. Might even be ready for some early season sprint tris!
* Strength training is a requirement. Yay Dailey Method!
* The paces are completely individualized and based on my recent 10k PR. These paces will train me to run a 2:06 half marathon (a 4 minute PR). This is a conservative estimate of improvement but one of the tenants of the plan is not to choose a time goal that is unreasonable because you will run the first half of your race too fast and fade or bonk.
* IT HAS AN APP.
I am really excited about this program. Last week, I did a modified (read: easier) version of the track workout and the tempo workout to give myself a little sneak preview.
They. Were. HARD.
Like serious sweat-pouring, heaving, bargaining with Jeebus hard to finish. It’s great! Just a little intimidating. I’ve heard from a few Twitter folk that the paces are really tough to execute. Since I’ve never really done workouts that were too hard to complete, this is just what the Operation: Speedy doctor ordered!
2:06 would be a great PR. Eventually, I’d like to go sub-2 but I don’t think a 10 minute PR is realistic. My gut tells me that this plan will train not only my body but my mind to go faster than 2:06 so stay tuned for that. No matter what, I’m looking forward to running faster and getting more comfortable with discomfort!
I have a feeling that getting more comfortable with discomfort is going to come in handy next year….