Running Training Plans: What are those?
I didn’t start running until I was 27. And it was one mile. One. I was so excited. And don’t get me started on the day I ran two miles. They weren’t even done consecutively, but I was so pumped that I had accomplished such a feat, I called people to brag. Seriously.
My running has changed quite a bit over the 11 years I’ve given to it. I’ve looked at training plans, even followed some, and listened intently as others described their own. At this point, I still haven’t found the perfect one for me.
After those precious two miles, I decided I would train for and run a 5k. I had no idea what I was doing, so I just tried running a few times a week. Someone told me that if I could run two miles, then I should be able to take on a 5k. I decided to take this someone up on their advice. I can still remember standing at the start just hoping I could pull myself through three whole miles. Much to my surprise, I actually did.
Fast forward a few years and I took on a half marathon using a training plan that MB wrote for me. I followed it pretty well and I completed the race. What helped tremendously is that most of my run group runs 10 miles every Saturday, so I just stuck with them. I figured if I could run 10 miles, then I could run a half marathon. Are you noticing a pattern here?
For the most part, I was a go-with-it-and-see-what-happens- kind of girl with running. However, when a full marathon was put in front of me, I knew I had to actually get serious.
That’s when Deborah found a “magic” plan that practically guaranteed a four hour marathon. I was in. I did my very, very best to follow that darn piece of paper, but I run only four days a week. It was a six day plan. Guess what. I didn’t run my first marathon in under four hours. Not my second one either. Yep, not my third one either. Sooooo, it’s time to retire that plan and try something else. The thing is, I don’t know what that will be.
So I will keep my ears and eyes open for a training plan that will work for me. What I have learned through my haphazard training is that I do best with four days a week of running and some time cross training. I know that I absolutely must have my friends on long runs, even if they aren’t right beside me.
Just having them on our course helps me. Yes, misery truly loves company. I’ve also found that when I train for a full, running halfs is really easy (imagine that!).
Anyone have any suggestions?