5k, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, UltraMarathon, Triathlon, whatever it is you train, or at least most of us train, all of us should train, but when do you start? how many miles or minutes at a time? how many times a day? how many days a week? how much cross training? For every runner you ask you’ll get a different answer, for every pro you read about you’ll see different methods and schedules, for every training plan you find (or buy) miles, days, distances and speeds will vary… what’s a runner to do? the short and simple answer? You do what works for you. Of course finding out what works for you requires trail and error, time and patience, and a sense of awareness.
I hate having rest days on monday. I like to start the week off with a bang! A lot of training plans call for Mondays off because long runs are scheduled for sunday. Some people prefer long runs on sunday, other prefer on saturday, it depends on your schedule and the schedule of your loved ones. If you are training for a marathon a long run can be 3+ hours, that is a huge chunk of the day, especially if its one of the few days you can sleep in and or spend with your loved ones, so you do your long run on saturday (leaves sunday as a backup incase life interferes on saturday), rest or cross train on sunday and kick off monday with a bang! If that works for you. Or you could do your long run on sunday morning while your loved ones, friends, kids or dog sleeps in and be back in time for brunch. Do you schedule your long run on Saturday or sunday? I like to do cross training (kettlebells, yoga, spinning) on the day after my long run, some times I’ll run a short distance (sub 3 miles) but generally i like to give my legs a break, this is my preference, it works for me, it is not required, in fact I know quite a few runners who like to rest the day before a long run instead, where do you stand on rest and long runs?
How many days a week are we supposed to run? Every other? 2 days on 1 day off? everyday? Currently I’m experimenting with different weekly schedules, all have a weekend progressive long run, a day or 2 of cross training and total 19-23 miles. I have 3 different scenarios, 1 day off, 2 days off and 3 days off, off of running that is. The weeks I have less days off I am running shorter distances. I am looking forward to next week it will be my first week of 3 days off from running (4 runs, 1 rest day, 2 cross training days) How many days a week do you run? cross train? rest?
I said that I am experimenting with different daily run distances, 2.5 to 3 mile runs have been my go to distance for a while, I’m going to try giving myself an extra day off but bumping up to two 5 miles a 4 miles and a long run of 6 up to 14 miles. Maybe it will work for me, maybe it won’t. Do others even do this? Am I the only one who usually runs the same distance everyday? Do you typically run the same distance on your weekday runs, if so how far, if not what do you do?
With all this talk of my schedule I should note that I am training for a fall Half Marathon Paine to Pain (do it if you are looking for a mid october race in the NYC area) and possibly a second fall Half Marathon TBD. When do you start official race training ? I am starting mine officially starts next week- 12 weeks out
Enough about me, my methods and my training. I want to know your thoughts…
Do you schedule your long run on Saturday or sunday?
Where do you stand on rest and long runs?
How many days a week do you run? cross train? rest?
Do you typically run the same distance on your weekday runs, if so how far, if not what do you do?
When do you start official race training ?