Friday, April 22, 2011

The Training Plan

I cannot express how excited and terrified I am for my race. I told someone about it yesterday, and they asked me if I was going to win... Um..... sure, yeah, I'm going to win.

Winning and finishing is that same thing right?

As long as I finish (conscious) I'll consider that a win.

I was planning on getting my legs used to the movement by walking every day this week. But the midwest weather hasn't been cooperating. Rain, hail, or snow every day this week. It's got me bummed, stressed, and overwhelmed. And has me in Type-A, OCD, planner, worrier, freak-out mode.

There are 22 weeks from Easter Sunday to race day. Before registering I did some research and figured it would take about 20 weeks to safely train, at a level I thought was doable. And after some serious down and dirty research, I have devised a strategy.

I'm starting with the Cool Running Couch-to-5k Program. It is based on the run/walk principle, which I think is ideal for me (and any beginner), especially because of my shin splints, and my lack of running skill.

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Once I have successfully completed my Couch-to-5K program, I will take on the following 10 mile training plan, which starts at 3 miles. It has me upping my running from 3 days a week (6-9 miles/wk), to 4 days a week (13-25 miles/wk). I will probably be continuing the run/walk program through my 10 mile training, and hopefully building up to run it non-stop. The plan that I am following has the days I am not running as rest days, but I will be cross training those days, alternating between weight training, and yoga. I want to be able to tone up while doing all of this new cardio, and yoga to keep my muscles loose, and to try to stay a step ahead of DOMS. All of my runs the first few weeks will be followed by an ice bath, and once my legs get used to running, ice baths will be reserved for after long runs.

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This gives me a 19 week training program. Which gives me about a 3 week cushion should anything go wrong. I plan to walk (fingers crossed) next week, and then start the C25K program on May 1st.

Are you bored yet? I am so overwhelmed now. Do you know how long 19 weeks is? Oy! I am almost set to go! I've got 3 running related books in my to-read pile, compression sleeves for my shin splints, and next week I want to go for a shoe fitting and gait analysis! I am trying to be as prepared as possible for this! I want to avoid, injury, and unnecessary pain as much as possible! So I need your help!

Is there any advice you have for me? I know there are much more seasoned runners out there, and I need all the help I can get! Whether it's training, equipment, cross-training suggestions, I am open, and willing to try/read/do (almost) anything!

Do you think I am at risk for overuse?

Am I over thinking this?

Am I crazy?

7 comments:

  1. I am SO excited for you!! I would not say that I am a super seasoned runner or anything by any means...but I definitely think the best advice I can give is just to LISTEN to your body. If you are tired, achy, or just are not feeling it...stop and try the run at another time. Pushing through it can be okay at times but often just leaves you feeling negative and more pain.

    I think you will do great! I am excited to follow your journey :)

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