Despite its claims about improving marathon times and words like “training plans”, this book is for everyone from newbie runner to veteran marathoner. The whole basis is to use the training plans to improve your speed, distance, and fitness by only running 3 days/week.
I have found that I do much better with sticking to exercise when I make up a training plan of sorts. My running over the past months has been sporadic to say the least. I’m also more injury prone, so running only 3 days/week is optimal for me.
This book gave me a clear idea of what my goals should be, and a nice plan laid out that I customize based on my current speed. So I laid it all out in Excel (I *heart* Excel):
I’m in week 3 of the intermediate 5K plan and so far missed 1 running day. I’m already impressed. I went from running sporadic 1-2 milers and feeling “done” at the end of them, to yesterday, running FOUR miles in about 37 min!
This was only the 2nd time I had run 4 miles. The last time I thought I was going to die AND it took me 45 minutes to do it. This time I finished up and walked a few laps and I was just fine. While I could feel it in my legs a little [tired, little sore], I was barely winded.
That is a fantastic feeling! I left the gym feeling pretty awesome.
I’m excited for where this running plan will take me. Yesterday was a huge confidence booster for me. It was a speed work day that involved 4 x 400 repeats (running 400 meters at a faster pace 4 times with short breaks between). I wasn’t sure I’d even make it through it all. Before starting this, I wasn’t even sure about hitting my next race goal of running a 10K. Now I’m certain I can work up to that.
And once again, I’ve proven to myself that if I make a training plan, I follow it.