This round of marathon training is just about a wrap. I should probably wait until the marathon is over to give a review of my plan, but I will discuss it more in depth now and then let you know what I briefly think according to the marathon results.
I chose this plan due to my past history of over use injuries. The problem is not so much that I run or workout more than anyone else, but rather the biometrics of my foot. According to my orthopedic surgeon as well as my sneakers that have holes on the outer edges, I strike on the outside of my foot, causing stress, strain, and in fact fracture.
This plan calls for three days of running a week-1 day tempo, 1 day speed, 1 long run. It adds in two days of cross training. Essentially you begin the plan by looking up your recent race results, choosing beginning, intermediate, or advanced and plugging in the numbers. I chose advanced because this is not my first marathon, I have run consecutively (minus injury time) for 6 years, and my times are average.
Pros of the Plan:
- I loved the speed workouts and tempos. For all other training plans I have merely run a certain amount of mileage or times during the week and then the long runs. It was nice to have structured workouts that kicked my butt.
- I like having two days of cross training-perfect for ski season and mountain biking. But, I also wanted days of shake out or easy runs.
Cons of the Plan:
- It starts out fast and long. The first tempo run called for speeds two minutes faster than I usually run. My first long run was 13 miles, then 15, 17, and 5 20’s. You really need a strong base.
- It called for 5 20 mile runs every other weekend. The weekends in between were 15-18. Mentally this was tough to run. Also, I never felt like there was a break in long runs.
I don’t know yets of the Plan:
- It called for 20 mile long runs. I never did over 20 miles, I don’t know how those last 6 will fair.
- The overall weekly mileage is low. I am not sure how that will fair either
The predicted times for everything in this plan coincide with The McMillan calculator, so I don’t think that the authors of “Run Less Run Faster” are too far off in their science. Sometimes I need to be pushed more and this was definitely the plan to do it. For the time crunched runner, this is the plan. It’s very manageable and I saw results in my speed and distance.