This week I started my 24 week ( I know it's a bit long - but I'll do other races in between) training programme for the Cork City marathon on 2nd June 2008. The programme is from Matt Fitzgerald's "Brain Training for Runners" (I'll try anything once). The programme I am "intending" to follow calls for 6 runs a week with the option of up to 4 other recovery runs or x-training sessions lasting 20 mins to 1 hour. As most of the runs, especially in the early weeks, are single digit miles I "intend" to add the optional runs to the end of them as I haven't time to tog out twice a day.
On Monday I took a rest day (story of my life this weather) and lo and behold the training programme said "day off" when I checked it in the evening. - so far so good.
The rest of the week went like this:-
Tuesday Programme said...... 6 mile run with 2 x 30 seconds hill repeats at sprint pace
Grellan did............... a.m. 6.7 easy miles @ 08:12 pace & 129 HR.
p.m. 6.4 miles at the track (no hills) with 8 x 400m repeats
(actually lane 5 or 6) in 89 to 94 secs. Legs felt tired.
Wednesday Programme said......6 miles @ base pace (for me 07:40 to 08:30 pace)
Grellan did..............6.7 miles "barefoot" miles @ 08:31 & 112 HR (HR must be
wrong) No niggles with extending barefoot distance.
Thursday Programme said.....6 mile fartlek run with 2 x 30 secs @ mile pace.
Grellan did.............. 8.6 mile fartlek run with 5 x 30 secs @ mile pace ( I did this route
with 5 x 2 to 2.5 mins @ mile pace two weeks ago) 07:33 pace @
102 HR (HR wrong)
Friday Programme said....... 6 miles @ base pace.
Grellan did................ 11.4 miles @ 07:33 pace & 137 HR (real HR in 140's).
I'm less than 1 week in and already I'm deviating from the programme
I started running shortly after my 40th birthday to train for the "once in a lifetime marathon" (mid-life crisis and all that) and haven't been able to stop since. This blog charts my progress as I attempt to go farther and faster than I have ever gone before.