0 to 50k in 16 Weeks – Week 2 Summary

Or the week that wasn’t. 

I ran 2 miles on Tuesday, per the plan, but the rest of the week was a wash. 

I was afflicted with a funk, as they say. 

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a mood funk that I’d be able to run my way out of as much as a respiratory funk. I couldn’t breathe well, or talk, from Wednesday until … Well, I’m still having a bit of trouble with deep breaths and coughing. 

I’m hoping by Tuesday to jog a couple miles. 

I’m considering changing the plan a bit. I’ve been thinking maybe training up to a 30 mile long run isn’t a great idea. 

0 to 50k in 16 Weeks: Week 1 Summary

Week 1 is complete.

It looked like:

  • Monday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Done!
  • Tuesday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Wednesday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Thursday: 2 miles run Done!
  • Friday: 20 minutes of yoga, 7 minute workout Not so done.
  • Saturday: 4 miles run Done!
  • Sunday: 2 miles run Done! 7 minute workout Not so done.

It was a solid week of running, even with missing out on some cross-training.

 This was an easy week to make time to run since we were on vacation at Onslow Beach Tuesday through Friday. 

The coming week won’t be as smooth, but I’m still looking forward to it. 

0 to 50 k in 16 Weeks

Today is Training Day 1 for the Southern Tour 50k.

I’ve delivered a training plan that’s certainly not a “win-the-race” plan, but I’m not a “win-the-race” kind of runner. I think it’s definitely a “finish-the-race” plan.

Here’s it is:

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Wk Total
Wk 1 2 2 2 4 2 12
Wk 2 2 2 2 6 2 14
Wk 3 2 2 2 8 6 20
Wk 4 2 2 4 10 6 24
Wk 5 2 2 4 12 8 28
Wk 6 2 4 6 14 8 34
Wk 7 4 4 6 16 10 40
Wk 8 4 6 6 18 10 44
Wk 9 4 6 8 20 12 50
Wk 10 4 8 6 22 12 52
Wk 11 6 10 8 24 14 62
Wk 12 6 10 8 26 14 64
Wk 13 6 10 8 28 16 68
Wk 14 6 10 8 30 16 70
Wk 15 4 8 4 10 8 34
Wk 16 3 2 0 31.1 36.1
652.1

There aren’t specific run workouts. It’s straight mileage. If I get comfortable, it’s possible that I’ll make the Tuesday and Thursday runs into something like “speed work”, but it won’t be much more complicated than light-post sprints.

Mondays and Fridays are cross-training/active recovery days. Those days will focus on yoga and calisthenics. Also, there will be a 10 minute calisthenic workout after the Wednesday and Sunday runs.

That’s the plan. It’s firmly set in jello, so I’m willing to change things if I think it’s needed. 

What do you think of the plan? Have any advice for a first time 50k runner?

The Week Ahead February 2-8, 2015

Here’s the week ahead:

  • Monday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 7 minute workout
  • Tuesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Wednesday:
    • Running – Easy run of 6 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Thursday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Friday:
    • Running – Rest day.
    • Yoga
    • 5 minute workout
  • Saturday:
    • Running – Easy run of 3 miles.
    • Yoga
  • Sunday:
    • Running – Long run of 7 miles.
    • Yoga

The last week and a half has been pretty terrible insofar as having motivation to run. I’ve got to kickstart myself and get back into a running way.

Training Tuesday: Developing a Daily Routine

If I’m going to get things done, I need a routine. This is especially true for me related to exercise, diet, and basic fitness. I could go 100 days of the exact same routine with the exact same food and activities. But if on day 17 the routine is fiddled with, I’m off the rails and there’s little hope that’ll get back on for at least a few days.

So I have to build a routine to keep my exercise plan on track.

One of the tools I’m going to use is the7 MWC as a daily morning workout. Every day, whether there’s a run workout or not.

At a minimum, I’ll have seven minutes of exercise daily. It’ll be strength and cardio, so that will help in my woefully underdeveloped biceps/triceps/pectoral muscle groups.

Maybe.

Probably not, but still…Every little bit, right?

2015: It’s Going to Be a Big Year

We’re getting to the end of 2014…And the beginning of 2015.

2015 is going to be big on changes and challenges for me.

In January I’ll be moving to a new job. It’s a promotion and an hour-long commute (each way), but I’m very excited. One of the challenges will be finding making! time to run when the biggest part of my day is sandwiched between two hour-long drives. The advantage is that there are some sweet trails between the new workplace and home and I’ll be able to occasionally hit them up.

I’m going to make it work, though, because I’m committed to 2015 being a breakout year in my fitness life.

I’ve been doing a lot of plotting for the next 12 months in my fitness journey. Even though the last 6 months have seen some pretty amazing gains (losses, actually!), I’m planning for some real breakthroughs in the new year.

This is what my 2015 goals look like (at the moment…):

A lot of running:

  • Two (three?) half marathons
    • Flying Pirate (April)
    • Marine Corps (September)
    • Southern Fried (November?)
  • Marathon?
    • Outer Banks (November?)

More yoga and meditation: Twice-weekly yoga practice

Bigger focus on weight-loss goals: Get to 160 pounds by December (that’s a loss of 28ish pounds from my current 188).

Keep in mind that this is just an outline and while I have a pretty fleshed-out running training plan, I really don’t have much of a plan for everything else.

Here We Go Again …

June 1st began a new half marathon training season for me. This time for the Marine Corps Half Marathon here at Camp Lejeune, NC.

I started with a canned Garmin beginner half marathon plan, but it didn’t stick after two weeks. The Garmin plans are based off of time (30 minute run, 45 minute run, etc) and that just doesn’t work for me, right now. In its place, I’ve pieced together what I think is a good, simple and doable plan to get me in a shape to actually finish the race.

I’m hoping that with the increased running and I’ll be more motivated to keep this space updated.

We’ll see how that works out …