Well I’ve already strayed from my training plan.
Sorry, Coach Cane.
The way I’ll be receiving my training plans is through an online log Coach Cane has set up for me. He’ll plan my workouts one week at a time, which I like, as opposed to giving me an entire 16-week plan all at once.
When we met last week, he strongly encouraged me to communicate with him about everything, including how my body feels on runs, how my body feels when I don’t run and when I have conflicts with the training plan.
I am a big fan of communication.
Last night before bed, I hadn’t received my training plan yet.
So I woke up this morning and hit the East River path for 5 miles.
I felt…OK. Not great, to be honest. My legs were heavy and my allergies are continuing to give me trouble on the breathing front. But I loved the cool air and it’s always nice to start the day with a run as opposed to not starting it with a run.
So naturally I get back, I shower, I start getting ready, I stare at the zit that has made a home for itself between my eyes, and I sit down at my computer to see if there’s a training plan update.
I’m not that far off, luckily. Coach Cane wanted me to run six miles today, and I ran five.
I think we’ll be OK.
This is what the rest of the week entails, not including cross training:
WEDNESDAY: Easy 3 miles
THURSDAY: Six miles, focusing on pacing and even splits. Says Coach Cane: During the 3 miles out, maintain a comfortable, easy sustainable pace. Mark your time and without looking at your watch try to come back in the same amount of time. Listen to your body and its cues. (I’m excited for this. I like games.)
FRIDAY: Rest. (Translation: Eat birthday cake.)
SATURDAY: 12 miles. Says Coach Cane: First mile as warm up, next seven at half marathon goal pace + 1:15/mile, three miles at half marathon goal pace, last mile as cool down. (Confession: I don’t know what he means by + 1:15/mile. I guess I have to ask. Also, he did not mention if this run can be done hungover. I will probably not ask him that.)
SUNDAY: Easy 3 mile recovery jog in bridle path.
There’s my week. Lots of running.
Also, I’m wearing purple pants.
And now it’s time to kick start this Tuesday.
IF YOU’VE RUN A MARATHON, TELL ME: How strictly did you follow your training plan? Most people I talk to have said that they tried to stay flexible, but because my plan is coming from someone else I feel more obligated to follow it precisely. That makes me a little nervous.