Saturday, July 4, 2009

My, um, training runs

I've posted before about my lack of organization (on purpose) when it comes to training for a marathon. It's not that I'm not dedicated. It's that it's no fun to have to do X miles on Y day and then intervals and whatever else a plan requires. To me, it's boring, boring, boring.

I've got the Lehigh Valley Marathon in September, so that's what's on my mind. But I still can't be bothered to train for it in any organized way. Would I do better if I did? Probably. Do I care? Definitely not.

That said, I've been in the habit of doing long runs on the weekends and have been feeling pretty good about them. I've even incorporated long bike rides on the opposite days for cross-training (though biking is less cross-training and more total fun).

From last weekend to the beginning of March, here are my long runs:

6/27: 15 in 2:18
6/6: 18 in 2:41
5/30: 13 in 1:55
5/16: 16 in 2:26
5/2: 16 in 2:23
4/19: 16 in 2:21
4/12: 14 in 2:06
3/22: 15 in 2:13
3/14: 14 in 2:05
3/7: 12.5 in 1:47
3/1: 10 in 1:29

Now that I look back at it, I just might have been training for a marathon. I've made a point to do one long run at least 3 weekends a month, and, for the most part, that's happened. If I look too close, this may just be a marathon plan... uh oh.


Marlene said...

You've had some quality long runs. Sure looks like a plan to me. :) (Don't worry, I won't tell...)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

you've definitely been consistent, so that's good (kinda looks like a plan to me too... lol)

ShirleyPerly said...

It looks like a basic marathon training program to me :-)

More structure is not for everyone. I once read about a 70+ yr old 3-hour marathoner who just does three 20-milers per week and nothing else running-wise. To most everyone else, that sounds like a lot but for him that's just his running routine.

Petraruns said...

Ummmm yes you have been training I would say... Good going as well - nice mileage. How are you feeling on it?