By the way, that's Justin Gillette on his way to win the 2012 Veterans Marathon. We've been tweeting, and he says I can break 4 in November. I pretty much love him.
While I followed "Train Like A Mother" plans for my most recent training cycles - Wisconsin half marathon, Run the Bluegrass half marathon and the Columbus Marathon - I've decided to shake things up a bit. Go crazy. Dare to do something different. For Veterans, I'll be following Hal Higdon's Intermediate I plan.
Bucking tradition, that's me.
While there are a bajillion other plans out there, I decided to go the road tested Hal Higdon because it offered some decent mileage (two 20-milers), little intimidation and a new-to-me way to build endurance - running hard on Saturday and doing a long run on Sunday. His idea is that you put miles on tired legs and are also more likely to take the miles slow.
I was tempted to try a Runner's World plan to break 4 hours, even posting it on Facebook to seek feedback, but in the end, I decided that it was too aggressive and the mileage was too high, especially with my teaching load. However, I will be incorporating some of the things I was attracted to in the plan - hill workouts and tempo runs - into the Higdon schedule.
Oh, and a quick note: Though I call this week 1, I jumped in at week 2 to accommodate Mark's upcoming camping trip and to give myself a "free" week during Hood to Coast festivities. I'll obviously be running during the week and at HTC but I didn't want to worry about long runs and tempos and race pace.
Monday: Spin class
Tuesday: Piloxing (taught) + BODYPUMP (taught)
Wednesday: 5 miles, hills + 3 miles
Thursday: 3.5 miles + Rip (taught)
Saturday: 5 miles, race pace + BODYPUMP (taught)
Sunday: 9 miles