My training plan for this marathon is something I’ve been referring to as my “Choose Your Own Adventure” training plan.
In other words, I do what I want.
For example: last week’s long run called for 16 miles. Not exactly chump change in the land long long runs. However, when I was invited to tag along on a group run on Saturday, they informed me that they were planning to go 18. Hmmm. 18 is that much closer to 26… so I ran it. And while the run was significantly slower than the miles I’ve been putting in to date, it felt pretty good. I cranked up the last 3 miles to hypothetical race pace, which actually felt easier than the slower pace we had been running. My body is remembering what it feels like to run just a little faster. I like it.
But jumping from 14 miles to 18 has taken a toll on my body. I ache.
So you know what? This week, I’m choosing my own adventure again. No tempo run. No interval workout. Just lots of nice, comfortable miles. I’m planning a long run over the weekend that will most likely result in running unprecedented speeds (I hope I can keep up!) and I think that will be plenty of speedwork for the week.
Next week, I’ll get back to the “plan” (which has been updated here!) That is, if I feel like it.