I wanted to share with you some of my running plan for 2016. As you know, I get injured quite frequently. Despite doing what I think is quite a bit of runners strength training and stretching, I end up with random aches and pains that sometimes develop into much bigger issues.
For example, in 2015 I had a sprained ankle (totally my clumsy fault), a calf strain, hip pain and most recently a strain near my hamstring tendon. Yikes!!
After quite a bit of talking with J about our training plans I happened to come across a runners world article in my twitter feed on the Run Less, Run Faster program. I immediately bought the book and started reading it on kindle that evening.
Once I was convinced, I also bought the app which does exactly as you would hope: plans out your three runs a week.
Here is what the plan is not:
- less activity. While I run 3 days a week, I also have two intense x-training sessions. I usually choose spinning class so I get in a solid 55-60 minutes which is above the recommendation and above the amount of time I would have spent doing a recovery run.
- Easy. The runs are harder in terms of intensity. One track workout and 1 tempo plus a longer run that is paced much faster than I am used to.
- Hopefully less injuries because my two x-training workouts will be much lower impact.
- I am still learning to mom and run. Time constraints are real friends, and three days a week is so much easier for me to schedule and I will hopefully have less stress and guilt when I can't make 5-6 days a week.
- Speed workouts are my weak spot. I sometimes get in the habit of thinking "at least I ran" when I didn't have the energy to complete harder workouts. I end up running a lot of "junk miles" or workouts that just don't have a great benefit for me training wise.
- I have dropped 10 and 1s. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that plan, but I was feeling that I couldn't run with other people who didn't do the 10:1 program and I have had a couple of races where I have been completely thrown off my game by a pace bunny that doesn't take walk breaks.