You may remember my crazy post from a few days ago about the five half marathons in five days? You know, this…
I realize it’s 7 months away, but there’s been a lot of discussion about it in our house. I mean, the cost and logistics of getting four people from DC to Amarillo, TX, is a bit daunting. That’s without even thinking about the missed school, the missed work, and what the heck the boys will do while I’m running. There’s even been some discussion of having my non-runner husband volunteer at the races so that I can get a free race or two.
But the piece of planning that has been foremost in my mind is “how do I train my body to cover that kind of mileage over 5 days?” (And maybe a little bit of thinking about what level of Half Fanatic I can get to with that in hand…)
My mileage is low. Like, bottom of the barrel, low. (Hey, I can only go up from here, right?) I’m not even sure I ran double digit mileage in July. (Ok, I know I ran more than 10 miles because my races were more than that, but I think saying I ran 30 miles in July would be generous.)
My speed is gone. Eh, who cares? Those races will be all about finishing them. I may decide I have to embrace the Galloway method as I get farther along in my training…
On the bright side, I’m five pounds down from where I was at the start of the summer. My injuries all seem to be healed. I’ve done a boatload of functional cross training. All of my real training will be in the cooler weather, while my kids are at school.
So here’s my vague plan:
August/September: Build my running/mileage so that I’m back to running 5 times a week, with a double digit long run.
October: Speedwork, while maintaining mileage (I do have a score to settle with the Army 10 Miler, after all).
November: Get my mileage up so that my long runs are 11-14 miles and my mid length runs are 6-9, with one to two shorter runs a week.
December: Long runs up to 13-16 + one other double digit + two 6-9, with one shorter run.
January: Long runs about the same, maybe more on the 16 end + two more double digit + two 6-9 mile runs. Try to group my runs into 3 or 4 days in a row each time.
February: Keep the same mileage, but start running 5 days in a row.
March: Extend the shortest runs so they are double digit and then taper.
Any thoughts? Anyone done something like this before? I basically pulled the training “plan” out of my a$$, so I’d appreciate any advice others would like to share (especially my streaker friends and my multiple long distance race friends.)