I’m having serious doubts about continuing my current training plan after I get fully recovered. I hate the idea of leaving something unfinished, but I believe it’s the best decision for me right now.
I selected this 10-miler plan previous to starting a half-marathon plan, because it looked easy peasy. At the beginning, the runs/exercises were totally achievable. But just at week 4 my long run ended up in tears due to extreme shin pain, and an injury that put me into two weeks of no running. So, was that training plan really working for me?
I’m not saying this plan is not effective. I’m just a beginner runner looking for an answer to my problem. What I’m sure of is that I started feeling unusually fatigued after the third week of training. And looking back to my weeks, now I can see why:
Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: Easy run. But as the distances started to increase, they became pretty much a usual long run for me.
Wednesday: Cross Training and upper body strength. Lower body strength? Not in a million years. I needed my legs fresh.
Thursday: Lactate threshold run, and then I’ll finish with jello legs for few days after.
Friday: More cross training and more upper body strength. I still needed my legs to be fresh for my weekend long run.
Saturday or Sunday: Long run, which most of the times felt like junk miles because I was so tired from my week.
Remaining day of the week: rest.
Even though I had two days of rest, I felt like I was not recovered enough when the next week of training already started. What initially though went wrong during the first 4 weeks was:
– Too many miles in just a few days of running per week.
– Lack of easy miles. Except for the easy runs, that stopped being easy once the distances started increase.
– Not doing lower body strength exercises because I didn’t want to run on tired legs.
– Despite the fact that this plan was designed for beginners, I still considered myself a beginner who is working around building up my base mileage.
By coincidence, I started reading the Kindle Sample of this book, and was surprised to realize that my assumptions actually make sense. It was basically like they were describing me.
At this point I’m not sure I want to continue with this training plan, at least next week. Because my genuine goal is not to run my fastest 10-miller but to build up my base mileage. So I can be in the right shape to start my half-marathon training this year. Also, I looked up on what will be my next week of training and it seems like too much after recovering from an injury.
Dad agrees, and that’s also pretty important.
Just as a little disclaimer, I’m not saying this plan won’t work for anyone. It is just not currently working for me.
Have you ever had a training plan that did not work for you? What did you change / fix to make it work?