Speaking of miles, I've been thinking of scaling back on my marathon training plan.
|Grand Rapids Marathon 10/21/12|
- The miles are much higher for this plan overall
- The weather has been horrible - even morning training has been difficult due to high temps.
- I've tested many different pairs of shoes over the last couple months(still testing two outside my normal kicks) and thinking perhaps my body does not like that change
This week I have Rest,8,4,8,4, cross train and 16 on the schedule and I'm only on week 7 of 18 weeks. I would not hit that for another three weeks on the Intermediate I schedule. If you look at week 7 on the Intermediate I schedule, I would be doing Rest,7,4,7,4,cross train, 14 - only 4 miles more. FOUR miles? Does it really change things that much? Yes, because I have another 11 weeks of training that progressively get harder.
The reason that the Intermediate II plan is about three weeks ahead is that the plan allows you to get in an extra 20 miler for three total in the plan. My worry is the way I'm feeling now, I'm not sure I want to get an extra one in. I think the toll of running four marathons in two seasons is starting to catch up to me. I'm also thinking I like Winter training so much better. Ha!
Of course, that's how I feel at this moment in time. I'll take the day to rest and see what tomorrow brings. I just don't want to get hurt and end up missing more running.
Maybe it's time I start swimming and biking more and running less to prepare to run my first triathlon next year? Not that I'm saying that's easy but replacing high impact exercise with more low impact exercise can't hurt.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!