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October 22, 2008

Just goes to show

Filed under: about me,running,things I Looove — by heatherdc @ 11:12 pm

I’ve never really followed a training plan for running. I use them as guidelines, and I tear them out of Runner’s World to use when I’m getting really bored with a routine. But doing it run-for-run, and goin strong? Yah. Haven’t done that.

I usually go with a simple formula:
1 long run. 1 interval run. 2 ‘regular’ runs (easy). 1 tempo run.

Hmm, I dont’ even follow that every week. I go with what I feel like doing, and what I know won’t kill me. Some days are better than others; some days I can run a 7:30 mile for an interval, and some days I’m at  a 9 minute-mile pace and I feel like passing out in the grass and taking a nap.

You just never know.

Which is why I’ve never even tried a “plan”. I guess for ‘fear’ I’d get out of line? Not sure if that’s the right word, but it seems like you miss one workout, then maybe one more, and then you’re lost. And dependent on a plan that isn’t working. Is that what happens? Or do you just pick up where you left off? Does it work? Are there answers?!?! Gah.

So. Anyway. Runner’s has this amazing tool that makes a plan for you. All you have to type in is your last finish time (or maybe your “goal” time), what you’re training for, and how “hard” you want to train. I did this. And they came up with a pretty interesting little running calendar for me. In fact, I think I like it.

I figure now is the time to test things out. I’m between races, and I’m not trying to do anything crazy. I’ll see what works, and what doesn’t, without screwing anything up.  I put in an “average” finish time, since my 3 have been a little up and down. And my training level is “moderate”. Which could mean anything according to those crazy elite runners that are probably calculating my special workouts. And by crazy, I mean awesome. Obviously. I love them.

The formula is still somewhat similar: 1 long run, 1 ‘interval’ run (for 3 weeks, then 1 off), and 2-3 “easy” or “moderate” runs. Paces and distances all provided. But with all the specifics, it’s pretty different than what I’ve actually done (aside from the one Long). But it’s just for me. And that just goes to show, this running thing is completely. ALL. about you. Whats not to love about that?



  1. I suck at plans. My current workout plan is two days of DVDs at home (Biggest Loser, sculpting, etc.), two days of classes at the gym (spining and one other), and two days of running in my gym at home. I can’t get anymore detailed than that or it just won’t happen. I’m better at getting things done when I can mix it up a bit.

    Comment by Playful Professional — October 23, 2008 @ 12:31 am |Reply

  2. I heart runner’s world plans. They are so great. I’m going back to the plan I used to run my first marathon to run this next one. I found it on RR and printed it off. Good thing I did because it’s not posted on their website anymore and it was an awesome training guide by one of those big running gurus. I’ll start training in Dec. and I can’t wait!

    Comment by Sassy — October 23, 2008 @ 1:24 pm |Reply

  3. I am definitely going to check this out. Right now I just run however hard I feel like…which I don’t think is the greatest because I don’t ever really push myself.

    Comment by Megkathleen — October 24, 2008 @ 2:18 pm |Reply

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