Tuesday, November 18, 2008

An Actual Training Plan?

I have to admit. I was both tired and sore after the Blackstrap Experience. My back was pretty sore. This is no doubt due to the "slightly challenging" terrain, but more likely due to the fact that I am too lazy to do any core exercises.

Yesterday, D and I did an easy 5 miles in the Commons. I was tired. The pace was slow, and so was I. Definitely not a bad recovery run, though. Today, I headed out for a not quite 8-mile loop from my house. It was windy, and I was still a little tired. Nothing exciting to report.

Not that you come here for excitement...but that's about to change!!!!

No words con do justice to the amazingness of that.

Anywho, I spent a chunk of time last night looking over training plans for 10-mile races. I'm trying to figure out a way to run...well, fastish. The Mid-Winter 10-Mile Classic is on February 1, so that's the current goal. I quasi-settled on a Hal Higdon plan. It involves tempo runs, track intervals, race pace miles...yeah, serious stuff. I'll no doubt make a few tweaks as I go along, but I'm hopeful that I can stick to it. I'm even more hopeful that it will work. I have a goal time, but that's to be revealed at a later date.

It donned on me a little while ago that I'm not likely to just magically regain speed by thinking about running faster. I'll actually have to work at it. I used to work at it, and that's how I got it. Again, it didn't magically appear. I'll officially start the plan the week after Thanksgiving. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

middle.professor said...

Hey Ryan, good luck on your training. Two good books I often hear about are Jack Daniels "Daniel's Running Formula" and Pete Pfitzingers "Road Racers for Serious Runners". I have Daniels and Pfitzinger's marathon book and highly recommend them. Now I'm looking for the Co-authored "Pfitz and Daniels' Post-Running Formula for Serious Drinkers". -Jeff