The alternative title to this post would be “Lucking into making marathon training work in the midst of a snowpocalyse”.
I have seen more than a couple disgruntled posts, statuses, tweets, and whatever else about missed workouts or horrifically boring treadmill long runs as runners in seemingly every state attempt to train through all these winter storms.
Somehow or another, I have made all of my marathon training workouts happen according to plan and the longest run I have had to retreat indoors for was 8 miles. I wish I could say this was because of impeccable planning and runner’s intuition but that would be giving myself too much credit.
The obnoxious winter weather has seemed to be paying as much attention to my training schedule as I have. The snow always seems to come around in the middle of the week when I usually plan to do easy base mileage runs or speed work on the treadmill, and then it clears out by the weekend for my long run, sometimes even leaving some 50 or 60 degree weather behind.
Now that I have taken notice of this pattern out loud… in extra internet-public style… I can only assume that some terrible, inconvenient weekend weather is waiting in the near future to come back and bite me. I’m knocking on wood just to be sure.
Honestly, though, I am happy with how training has been moving along. I am keeping up with my promises to myself to do more cross training, feed myself better, and take more days of complete rest. Here is what my typical week of training has looked like…
Monday: A slow, easy run of 5-7 miles in the morning, BodyPump in the evening
Tuesday: Rest day with Active Release Therapy every other week
Wednesday: About 7 miles of speed work alternating between intervals and tempo runs each week
Thursday: A slow, easy run of 5-7 miles
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Long run which increases slightly each week and will peak at about 20 miles
Sunday: BodyPump and yoga
So far, so good. I feel like I am getting a decent balance of running, strength training, stretching, and rest.
This week is going to be a crazy one in terms of work and non-work life. I am going to try not to drop off the blogging and social media map during it!
Has winter weather thrown off your training schedule? Do you want to give my dog a bath for me?