Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Training Strategies

Last weekend I went on an awesome trail run with the Saturday group. Only three of us actually showed up because of the difficulty involved in the run. It involved a 3000 ft climb and then descent over the course of 8 miles. I turned into more of a I got thinking about everything I have coming up and that I really should develop a plan of attack.

Here's what's coming up for me in the next few months.
June 5-Pacing my friend Supercords the last 17 miles of his 50 miler race
June 18-19: Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay
June 26: Lehi Roundup 10K (depends on how I am doing after Ragnar)
July 5: Freedom Festival 10k (we'll see if the shirt fits me)
August: TBD
August 28: Running the Gap Marathon
Fall: TBD, but I'd like to get another Marathon in before winter
April 2011: 50K in Southern Utah

I've looked around on various sites to see what programs out there would work best for me. I know the basics...speedwork, easy runs, hills, tempo, long runs, but there is something about having it broken down day by day and week by week. I finally settled on Runner's World with a few added tweaks to their schedule. Even though I don't follow it to the letter, it gives me a good estimate of where I should be.

What programs do the rest of you follow or do you just create your own?


  1. Right now I'm sort of creating my own. But, it is sort of a combo of Hal Higdon Int II and whatever I feel like. But, I'm only running 4x a week which is nice, but it needs to be 5x a week to be where I want to be.

    I've looked at the RW plans. I like that they still get in a lot of miles but usually are only 4x a week.

  2. You've got a nice summer lined up! I'll be doing Ragnar too (18 weeks pregnant!) and I can't wait!
    I just make up my own stuff. That way I can give myself lots of "rest" days. :)

  3. I consulted a bunch of online schedules, and then I created my own hybrid, which I then completely ignored as real life got in the way. Good luck with yours :)