How do you decide how far to run? Do you base it on a training plan? On the route? Or on something else entirely?
I almost always follow a training plan. I like having a race(s) on the horizon to work towards so I feel like I’m running for a purpose. It keeps me focused and motivated. That being said, I generally follow training plans loosely. I schedule the long run and one day of speed work, then focus on overall weekly mileage and fill in the blanks. I like having some flexibility, but I typically have my week planned out on Monday.
At the moment I’m training with the marathon group at my local Running Room and we run together on Thursdays (speed work) and Sundays (long run). I’m more or less following the suggested training plan, with tweaks here and there to reach my own personal mileage goals and accommodate my schedule.
Some day I think I’d like to follow a more advanced training plan (like Pfitz?) once I have some more experience under my belt. I’m not ready to make the commitment just yet. 🙂
So, how do you train?
Yesterday I ran double recovery runs with a shorty at lunch and another after work – total 11K/6.8mi. I was hoping to give my legs a break after Tuesday’s hill repeats because we have a track workout with clinic tonight. We’ve been invited to use a local college (springy!) track, which will be an improvement over the gravel elementary school track I have used before. The workout is four or five 1600s and I am fully prepared to have my butt kicked.
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