Or, as Erin asked as part of the Runner’s Lounge Take It and Run Thursday, should you always have a training plan and, if not, what do you do?
Since I’ve been running without a training plan since I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2008, I obviously think you can run just fine without one. One reason I’m not using a plan is that I tend to rebel against someone telling me I “have” to do something. Another is that I haven’t had any specific “A” race since the marathon. I just want to run well at any distance from a 5K to a half marathon. My race distances are all over the place these days as I’ve been choosing races based on one of three things: 1) a new state (0r a beer related race), 2) a local race I’ve never done, or 3) a local race that I love to do every year.
Now, just because I don’t have a training plan, doesn’t mean I don’t have a plan. At the beginning of each week, I figure out my running schedule, based on what is going on in our lives and what my next race is. Each week I try to run a minimum of 20 miles, which will increase slowly to 25-30 during the school year. I do at least 3 speed workouts a month and at least one hill workout (I don’t have to specifically do hills often as I live in a very hilly area). My minimum long run is 6 miles, with a goal of hitting at least one 10+ per month (not sure if that’ll happen in August). The longest race I currently have on the calendar is a 10 miler in October, so I can slack a bit in the long run department for the moment.
Is it working? I think so.
- I’ve been injury free since before the marathon (KNOCK WOOD!)
- I’ve seen some nice increases in speed and have PR’d at almost every distance this year.
- I feel like I have a nice balance with the amount of running I do and what I have left to give to my family.
At this point, I’m unlikely to pick up a training plan again unless I decide to run a marathon. If I do, I will probably create my own plan, based on FIRST, Hal, and my marathon buddy’s advice.
In unrelated news…
- That peanut butter was every bit as good as I expected and I managed to limit myself to 2 spoonfuls.
- I had a babysitter yesterday afternoon. I stopped in to Origins to check out some skin stuff and ended up getting a mini-facial. That, combined with a quick 3 mile run when I got back, kept my sanity intact last night.
- In the very near future, I plan to review POM Wonderful, Nuun, my new Adidas Rebound shorts, and my new Amphipod handheld.
- I found out yesterday that my local Whole Foods is trying to get in Dragon’s Milk beer. Guess who’ll be buying every bottle they have in the store. ;o)
- Beer Geek commented that, based on how clean the table and the living room were, the maids must have just come. So, here’s what it looks like 24 hours later (and it only gets worse as the days go on)…