Monday, May 28, 2007

Do Not Look Ahead.

A name of the next trashy mystery book I read....or did I just type in the Pfitz/Douglas (btw why doesn't this guy ever get the credit when people talk about the plan....his name is on the book too....) marathon training program into the nifty Google Calendars. I forgot how hard some of the middle weeks of the training plan are, but I found out last year that it only makes sense to worry about what is on the schedule for that day. When I look ahead I think, "You have to be kidding me, two 12 mile runs during the of which has 7 miles at LT pace....uh.....bite me." However, one day at a time and one workout at a time and it all gets done. Worrying about what has to be done the next day is totally counter productive as I think it takes away from the quality of the workout you are currently doing.

This is officially week one of the plan (it should be next week but next week is the GMR) and we have a total of 32 mile on the schedule. From what we have doing for the past three weeks this will end up being a drop back week for us which is always a nice way to start marathon training instead of feeling behind and trying to catch up all summer. Last summer we had lots of bad work situations and some travel and it looks like that won't be happening as much this summer so the plan should be pretty smooth.

Tomorrow it's 7 mile with 10x100m. We'll run 6 and then head to the track to do 5 laps of strides. I am going to have to slow down my stride speed because last time we did this I was sore for the rest of the week.

I also realized that I was wrong about the date of the CDC matching up with the schedule. The workout I thought it lined up with is a 15mile with 12 at Marathon Race Pace. This however is the week before the race and race day calls for a simple 14 mile M-LR. It's still far in the future but I'll have to decide how to play that one.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!


Rose said...

Thats great - isn't summer fantastic? Good luck with the training!

Cuckoo said...

Yeah I keep looking at the whole 18 week schedule and it's making me nervous! Taking it one day at a time is a good idea.

Question for you- do you always run strides at the end of the run? We live 3 miles from the track so my plan is to always do strides in the middle of the run and then run the 3 miles home. But I'm trying to figure out if it matters one way or another if you do strides in the middle or at the end of a run?

Firefly's Running said...

Great plan, Leah.

Fran said...

Pftiznger's a famous runner. Douglas not so much so. You're right though, they should both get credit. Good luck!