In college, I was kind of obsessive about creating my class schedule and maximizing the free time/good professor ratio. In my job, I love organizing schedules and workback grids. For running, I love creating the ultimate training schedule, mapped out with the idealistic combination of strength training, yoga, speed work and more. I will admit, the fantastic Aron sent me a training schedule a while back for Chicago and I loved it! That girl has mad Excel skills! I have since adapted it a bit for Boston and am anxious to see what this next bout of training can bring.
However, Boston isn’t until April and I’m not doing any fulls until then (just smaller races). So what’s a gal to do? Create a maintenance plan, of course. I scoured my running books and Googled until I could Google no more, but the maintenance plans out there weren’t cutting it. Thus, I’ve taken what I found and made (what I hope will be) a moderate schedule that will keep my legs and joints awake enough to easily transition into training mode in December. Here’s how I’ll break it down in complete layman’s terms:
Mondays: Light mileage that gradually builds each week
Tuesdays: A bit more than Monday, gradually building again
Wednesday: Strength training (still need to flesh out exactly what that will consist of)
Thursday: A bit more than Tuesday with a touch of speed word
Friday: Yoga and core work (i.e. prep/rest for Saturday)
Saturday: Long run that gradually builds each week
I really wanted to focus on keeping this light and easy so I don’t burn out or get bored by the time the important training comes along. This plan started yesterday (new month, new plan!) and will last for eight weeks. I’m curious, what does your schedule look like in-between training programs?
Also, guess what came yesterday? Squeaaaal!
Don’t forget to get out there and vote today! Happy running!