Speaking of miles, thanks to all of you who provided input yesterday. I credit most of my improvement (and Lindsay validates this) in the past few months with running more miles more consistently. Speed work is fun, but just running intervals and tempos without the volume doesn't help out at mile 10. One additional piece of input from fellow runner Hillcruiser (Annadel Runner) over at Runner's World is that us older folks (old? I like to think I am in the twilight of middle age) need to think about the strain of too many hard workouts. My old plan had two speed sessions in three days (quantity over quality). The issue is whether there was enough recovery in that plan.
I took that input, some input from a post on the Runner's World Forum, and some input from Advanced Marathoning to adopt a training plan. After searching through my books, I think I have found the plan that delivers. This next cycle is the 10 week Endurance building phase of the Pfitz 24/55 Marathon plan. I like the way it lays out on paper:
- I get two or three rest days a week. Huge bonus. (Quality over quantity J!)
- I slowly build from 30 miles next week to a high of 48 miles in week nine, and average 39 mpw.
- Every 5 weeks is a step back week.
- Speed work is one day a week - and alternates between strides (10 X 100) and 4 to 5 miles at Half Marathon Pace.
If you want to look at the plan, you should be able to follow this link (if the link doesn't work, let me know - this is the first time I've used Google docs to share a file). I'm looking forward to getting started!