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Training plans are never set in stone. This is something I’ve finally convinced myself of. In the past, I would pick a training plan and then inevitably something would happen (a sickness, an injury, a busy day at work…). I would make myself feel guilty for not sticking to this plan, which would fill me with fatigue on a regular basis. But this is life, and your training plan needs to fit in that life, otherwise, it just won’t work! That’s why I see my training plan as fluid.
I have several goals in place that I’m preparing for:
- Training for Ice Age 50 Miler – May 13th
- Changing gears over the summer and focusing on Triathlons and Half Marathon training.
- Running the North Shore Classic Half Marathon on June 4th
- Running the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Chicago on July 16th
- Slowly transitioning back to long distance trail
- Marquette Ultra 50k on August 19th
- The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k on September 16th
With these goals in mind, I was going all out with training for Ice Age 50 Miler over the winter. I picked a little more intense of a training plan than on my previous 50 milers, just to see if I could push myself a little harder. However, life does what it does best, and changes plans. I got a new job, which threw in a whole new set of challenges. I now had to change my running routine as well as deal with work fatigue.
My original plan had 6 running days a week and 3 days of strength training. However, I was completely worn out by the time the weekend hit, physically and mentally. So now I switched to 5 running days (adding some distance during the runs in the middle of the week to make up for the extra rest day). Hopefully this does the trick.
I do believe that switching to a different focus of Triathlons and Half Marathons this summer will help with motivation as well. I haven’t had the chance to properly train for a Half Marathon in years. I would love to beat my PR of 1:51, which was set 2 years ago. It will also be nice to have an extra opportunity to hang out with friends in Chicago!