What training plan do I use? Well, honestly.. I do not use one. With my work schedule and the kids, I run when I can. I normally always run in the AM before the kids get up except on the weekends when I normally race.
When I first started running, probably for six-eight months, I ran in jeans. Yes, jeans. I would do one mile. I did not get any faster or better. Then I moved up to running 1.5 miles, in jeans. Then I finally bought shorts in run in.
Almost a year later I told Sara that I was not getting any faster. She said I needed to up my miles. A few days later we were at the Apollo Fight for Life 5k, a pre thanksgiving race. After the race we sat in a crowd church at a table with some of Sara's trail friends. One of them, Phillip, said that the only way to get faster is to up your miles and change your training. I didn't need to be told twice. Okay, well... kinda I guess I did...
I started running two miles, then 2.5 miles. I added more running days and by spring I was doing a long run on the weekend. Soon I was running 3.1 miles five days a week with either a race or a long run on the weekend. STOP! What's a long run? Good question. A long run for me was six-ten miles. And tt still is! I was hitting between 18-30 miles a week. Why the difference? Because life would not always let the run time in.
I have not being running as must as I should since late September. I decided after over racing the last few weeks that this week was go time! I upped my run to at least 4 miles at a time. I need to work on endurance. I did not want to be tired and out of breath from a 5k.
See you at the races!