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Although I have always been a runner (or maybe a "jogger", as I am not really fast), about one year ago I started running more regularly. For a year I have been running 30-35 miles a week. I ran 5 days with one long run and two speedwork sessions per week. I succesfully completed a few half marathons and also improved my 5k and 10k times but right now I feel I need to improve my training plan.
I want to desing a training plan that I can go on using for a long time, I am not anywhere close to a professional athlete, but running is important for me, so injury prevention is a must and so is improving my PBs.
My goals in terms of time are 5k in less than 20 minutes (should not be too hard, now my PB is 20:30), 10k in less than 40:00 (this one will take a while, right now I am around 42:30), and 1h:30min in HM (again, long term goal, now my PB is 1:36:07).
- I have decided that running 5 days a week puts a little too much stress on my injury-prone ankles, so the training plan should include 4 running days tops.
- It might include crosstraining, I practice swimming regularly too, I do not own a bycicle and practice tennis and roller-skate from time to time.
- Given work and social "restrictions", one day rest a week is probably also a good idea.
- I believe I might be able to run more than 35 miles a week, but at this moment do not really "need to", If it was to improve my training a lot I would do it, however.
I have been some research on the subject and have decided to include some speedwork, one long run each week, some hills and some cross training. From what I have read, speedwork is recommended not to exceed 15% of the total mileage.
One typical week could look like:
Tuesday: Speedwork, including recovery jogs after each series, one long warm-up jog (after stretching) and one long cool down jog. Aprox. 9 miles of which 4 are "fast" speedwork)
Wednesday: Swimming (about 1000m which takes me 45 min aprox, I enjoy swimming but am quite bad at it!)
Thursday: Speedwork, 8 miles total, including 4 miles at HM pace and/or some hill training.
Friday: CrossTraining (not sure, maybe strentgh training?)
Saturday: easy jog, 6 miles,
Sunday: Long Run: 13 miles
TOTAL: 9 + 8 + 6 + 13 = 36 miles (with 8 miles speedwork which is 22% )
- First of all, I need to balance my speedwork with the rest of the training, I am over the recommended 15% but I will also be doing some swimming so I guess it's not too bad, what do you think?
- I would like to include some variety in the training plan, so first I want to set up a typical week and then find ways to tinker with it (move miles around, include otther types of trainng) so each week is a littel different from the other.
- Not much of a clue on strenth training, is it worth doing? any advice on what to do? Should I look into other types of exercise?
Thanks everybody for your advice.
5k: 19:53 (December 31st 2014)
10k : 42:30 (March 9th 2014)
Half Marathon: 1:32:40 (February 1st 2015)
Marathon: 3:33:31 (March 15th 2015)
Completed my first marathon! Feeling like getting some more!
A couple of things to think about, and I am not qualified to coach or give any one training plans.
1. If injury proned do only 1 speed workout a week or 2 every 10-12 day cycle. Long term you don't have to use a 7 day week plan, lots find it better to use a 10-12 day cycle.
It's all about the proper amount of rest between hard days, which can be active or inactive rest.
2. You definitively need to work core and lower back, I would recommend at least twice a week. Upper body is good also, but your swimming will take care of some of that.