My running plan

My running plan

First, it should be made clear — I am not a runner. I’ve been running for the past four years somewhat consistently. I’ve completed a handful of official races, some 5K’s and 10K’s, as well as a longer list of unofficial races (when I’ve designed the course and monitored my time). I’ve researched and learned what has worked for me, what doesn’t work for me, and continue to look for new tips and tricks.

But I’m not a runner.  

(This should be obvious, but I’m also not a professional coach, a certified trainer, or any of that stuff — my knowledge base is purely what I’ve experienced and tried)

I definitely don’t feel like a runner when I’m pounding the pavement. I still feel like I’m not good enough, strong enough, fast enough… at least for the first chunk of every run. I’m too in my own head and my body acts like it has no idea what it’s doing until I’m well into the run.

Some runs are harder than others.

If I’m lucky and wake up early enough, I get started on my run before my brain wakes up and am actually able to enjoy the run. Once my brain’s awake, there’s a constant rush of negative thoughts, self doubt, and that mean voice telling me to quit.

I hate that voice. (Gotta kill that b****)

Well anyway, my plan today was to share My Training Plan Summer 2015.  (PDF linked for better viewing)

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The goal is to work up to a half marathon and then progress to a full marathon. I started with my trusty Couch to 5K plan and then modified it based on my skill level (definitely beginner) and the time I’m able to dedicate to training (3-4 days a week or so).

Phase 1 consists of building up running from pretty much nothing.  In this phase, there are 3 runs per week and some early runs alternate walking and running.

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Phase 2 transitions to four runs per week and mileage starts to build up to prep for the 26.2 mile goal

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I’m currently on week 7 [phase 1] of my training and I am scheduled to run tomorrow (my third run of the week).

What’s your training plan?

Anyone have any feedback, tips, or experiences to share?

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