Last weekend started with a test; I had finally “rested” up, reminded my muscles what it was like to run easy and hard during the week, and had no remnant lactic acid joining the party by Friday morning.
Plan A? Successful!
This meant I had 10 miles to run, a double-digit adventure I hadn’t tested in way too long. It seems to be the distance that always seems to humble my “I’ve run it before, I can run again” ego.
Thankfully my ego learns quickly, and was completely armed to be dropped on the trail if needed. Road rash only burns for a few days.
Luckily, we both made it through:
10 miles – 1:29 (avg pace ~8:55)
Test, passed! Muscles & mind in agreement, we’re ready for this marathon-training stuff – bring on Week 1!
Given the sporadic running attitude I’ve had over the past two months, this plan was a little trickier to conjure up. Unfortunately I don’t think the Smart Coach really gets me – No, I won’t stick to a 5 run/week plan, I don’t like doing my speed-work on Wednesdays, and I’m not taking two days to “Rest / XT” before every long run.
Geeze, don’t you know me by now, Coach?
Computer-generated training won’t cut it this time, so I’ve spent hours (tough business, this whole “planning” thing) creating the next 16-week layout. I’ve taken the set travel days into account, and highlighted a few weekends where things may need to be swapped.
Here’s hoping none of my 20-milers will be on weekdays, after work, or before 5 a.m.! Good times.
It will all start with this, nice n’ simple (with Track days TBD, as I’ll only know those schedules the week of):
Tonight, those four miles will be checked off with the lululemon Run Group – easy pace with fun people? Not a bad tone to start off with!
Marine Corps, I like you. I think we’re going to be best buds for the next 16 weeks!