Last night I was looking at the plan I had chosen to follow. I had seen on a blog how someone rapidly decreased their marathon times training three times a week. This planted a huge seed of doubt in my mind.
The plan I chose was based around three basic runs a week with another beneficial run and an optional extra. When I was researching programmes I knew that I needed three key, quality workouts a week: an interval one, a paced one and a long slow run. I think I made assumptions about the plan I chose without really looking into it.
This last week the 3 essential runs were:
- an interval run
- a 40 min easy run
- a long run (which turned out to be 9 miles)
The important run was the paste run. That makes up 4 runs a week if I am to follow the plan and make it contain all the ingredients that I think it should.
This coming week the 3 essential runs are:
- 60 min easy run
- Park run
- Long run (about 10 miles at my pace.
The important run is a hill session. Again 4 runs to fulfil my basic requirements.
It really hit home when I realised that next week I have a cross-country run and so would have to do my long run during the week. When will I find time to run mins and mins during a working week? (the cross-country will be a bit longer than the 5K.) That is a lot of running.
This week I ran 20.4 miles. Next week would be 21 miles just for the 3 essential runs. I fear that my poor body will burn out before we get to the end of the month. Add in the weekly gym sessions and I won’t have much time for much else. Don’t get me wrong. I know that I will have to invest a lot of time but I am only in week 1/2 of the 16 week plan. I am not sure I can mentally sustain it for that long. If I am going to change, now is the time to do it.
I have been putting out feelers to see if anyone can advise. Can you? Do you know of anyone who can?