Ok, so the weather didn’t cooperate much at all last weekend. This gives us the perfect opportunity to discuss scheduling conflicts that may come up. When you are in the midst of a marathon training program and life or weather starts to get in the way, don’t expect to make up all of your workouts at a later date. When something comes up and you have to miss a workout, it is not the end of the world. If you can make it up during the same week it was scheduled then go for it, but if you run out of time that week, let it go and start fresh next week. With that being said, we are going to stop thinking about missing last weekends workout and just move on.
This week the marathoners are scheduled for a long run of 10-12 miles, while the mini marathoners are scheduled for 7-8. I am leaving some room to play in the distances because of different experience and ability levels. You decide which distance is right for you, just stay within the recommended ranges.
This will also be our first long run/walk with the new run/walk ratio recommendations. Please keep in mind that these are merely suggestions, not a requirement. We have a program that we trust and believe in, if you don’t want to come on board that is your choice. Just remember one thing, when a program is designed it needs all of the pieces of the puzzle to fit together and work in unison. That means picking pieces of a program to use that you like and not using those you don’t is a recipe for failure. Ok, no more preaching, I promise.
Here is another reminder about what you should be doing during the week. Mini marathon people are running two days during the week (with one being at predicted mini marathon pace and the other one minute per mile slower). Each run should be 30-45 minutes long. On the other hand, marathoners should be running three times per week (two runs at predicted marathon pace and one run one minute per mile slower) Try to schedule the runs with the slower pace on Monday (40-55 minutes) and the other race pace runs on Tuesday (25-35 minutes) and Thursday (40-55 minutes). Always try to take Friday off to prepare for our Saturday training.
Here is another teaching tool from none other than Mr. Jeff Galloway himself. This short video gives explains the “Magic Mile” and why it is a very important part of your training program.
Have a great day!