It’s difficult to write a training plan for yourself when you’ve always had somebody telling you what to run, how fast, and how far. It’s not as though there are an abundance of training plans for a trail series involving 3 miles, 5.5 miles, and then 11 miles all within 24 hours, either.
With a combination of Smart Coach, a few articles, and my own knowledge of where I’m at in my fitness, I came up with this plan. Most likely it’ll be adjusted multiple times. I think taking the past five days off of running since my half marathon has been helpful for my legs, but I’m excited to ramp it up. At my heaviest week I think I was running about 24 miles, so this plan isn’t too much of a mileage increase though the cross training is. I kind of fell off the cross training ladder halfway through preparing for my half marathon. Oops.
I have the actual plan saved pretty in Excel, but free WordPress isn’t kind to Excel and neither is this layout. I ended up throwing it together in a PDF, which if you care to see the pretty PDF, feel free: Stage Race Training. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome considering I’ve never run or trained for a stage race before.
I’ve kind of gotten to the point where I’m satisfied enough, but I know I might tweak the mileage down a little. The main thing I want is to consistently (minus the mini-vacation during the one weekend in October) run or work out twice on Saturdays to get ready for the fatigue, followed by a long run on Sunday without much time for recovery. Plus, I need to run more hills and hopefully get by butt to a couple of trails over the next month to remember what that is like. All in all, it’s going to be a lot of listening to my body to be sure I don’t injure myself. I suppose I should also go check out a new pair of sneakers to work in now before the race gets any closer… what’s another $100 to drop at this point anyways?