I read the book Run Less Run Faster and reviewed it here on the blog.
I made the decision to follow the plan as I gear up to run The Vermont City Marathon on Memorial Day Weekend. I decided I would go for time at this marathon after the heat of Boston and realizing that I may want a faster qualifying time than I already got in Hyannis earlier this year.
So in 4 weeks I will set out to attempt another marathon for time. My goal? 3:25 or bust!
So the plan calls for 3 runs and 2 days of cross training. Much different from my last marathon training plan that had me running 5 days a week.
I added in extra cross training. I felt like the plan in the book was just not enough for me ;) BUT I did stick to the runs and it felt good!
Monday - I went to the gym and did some cross training. I spun for 40 minutes and then did rowing for 20 minutes. After that I took a 30 minute circuit class.
Tuesday - I headed to the gym again for 30 minutes of spin, 20 minutes of rowing and then a 30 minute trx class.
Those 2 days of cross training felt great!
Wednesday morning I worked with my trainer. I plan to meet with her once a week for some training. My focus is to lose some weight and tone my muscles a little more ;)
Then it was time for the track. I did my speed workout as the plan called for: 3 of 1 mile repeats at 6:31. With a light jog of 400m in between each and a 10 minute warm up and cool down.
Honestly when I saw that I cringed, I did not know if I would be able to run a mile in 6:31, I have not been that fast yet. So I warmed up for a mile in 8 minutes on the track and then it was doom time hehe. I made it around the track for a mile in 6:31 exactly. I could not believe it! I jogged lightly for the 400m and then I ran my next mile in 6:37, I was a lil disappointed but I did another mile after that in 6:37 again. I was so happy to be done. I was happy to get close to the times that the plan called for. I ended with another mile and a half cool down and headed home to stretch!
Thursday - I spent the day traveling for work and got a hotel gym workout in at night. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and then 15 minutes of strength work with a medicine ball.
Friday - Run number 2 for the week. This called for a tempo run of 10 miles at 7:49 pace. I struggled a bit to maintain my speed and ended up with a 10 mile run at 7:54 pace. Not too far off. I felt strong.
Saturday - I took a wait for it...
Yes I needed it. Honestly I woke up with the intention of dropping peanut off with my sister so they could go to gymnastics and I was going to the gym. But she got all big eyed and asked me to go with her to gymnastics, and I contemplated and then decided to go.
Sunday - Long run day I had 15 miles at 8:04 pace scheduled. I headed to the Lexington bike path and knocked that run out. I felt so strong the whole time. I ended up doing it a little faster that the plan called for even :) I ended up doing 15 miles in 1:59 which meant I carried a 7:59 pace. It felt great I did not want to stop.
The plan left me feeling like I could run more. On Sunday I wanted to keep going. I would have kept going if I was not following a plan and testing it out :)
So we shall see if Run Less Run Faster leaves me with a faster marathon time in 4 weeks!