…the need for speed.
Gotta love old school Tom, you know, before he went crazy.
As bloggers around the world prepare for their fall marathons I began fearing more and more that my training plan just wasn’t going to cut it. From the newbies to the pros, everyone is touting the fact that you need to have a tempo run and a speedwork session each week if you’re going to hack the 26.2 with any credibility. I was left feeling that after all my careful considerations, my original schedule was only setting me up to fail.
I went back and forth between training plans for months until I found the SmartCoach Training Program on the Runner’s World website. When I selected this plan there were several things I liked about it:
- It was built especially for me based on my recent race times
- It provided a time/pace goal for race day
- There were multiple training runs over 20 miles (necessary even if the mere thought gives me the willies!)
- There were three flexible cross-training/rest days
- It included both tempo and speed workouts
What I didn’t take into consideration was the frequency of said tempo and speed workouts. When I started hearing all this buzz about speed workouts I realized I hadn’t been to the track in a while. I pulled out my trusty training plan and saw that my next speed session wasn’t for 17 more days! And the one after that? Another FOUR WEEKS! I don’t know what that’s about but it’s certainly not going to cut it.
Today I attacked my training plan and did something that’s always intimidated me. I customized it. In addition to my 2-3 cross-training/rest days, I aimed for one speed session, one tempo run, one easy run and one long run per week. Hopefully I didn’t make it too difficult (swapping easy runs for speedwork ups the ante more than a little), but if I find myself struggling or feeling like I’m over training I figure I can just tweak it some more.
My new plan can be found here, or under the “Training” tab at the top of the site.
Do you create your own training plans or do you use pre-made schedules? If you don’t make your own do you spend the money for proven and accalimed programs or do you scour the internet for the freebies like me?