July 9, 2012

Training plan choices and being a better boss

Workout review from last week:

Monday: driving back from FL
Tuesday: 4 easy miles, not timed
Wednesday: 8.2-mile race, 1:05
Thursday: calves kill from the race, yoga class
Friday: 30 minutes of CX Works and 5 miles of running
Saturday and Sunday: chasing kids, visiting family in KY

This week, my plan is still to relax and gather mental energy for the upcoming start of my training plan. I got two books in the mail on Friday.



My current instinct tells me to go with option one, Run Less Run Faster, which is pretty much the exact opposite of my previous training plan. The Hanson plan was all about running more and completely fatiguing your legs at all times. The bonus was that I was never sore after the three marathons I ran while using this training plan, but I think I'll trade a couple days of soreness for a little more freedom in training and hopefully a lot less injury. I had what I thought (not confirmed with an x-ray) was a stress fracture and some hip issues.  Part of those issues may have been caused by wearing stability shoes when I needed neutral shoes, but I'll really never know.

I like the idea of switching things up so that I don't get bored. I can always go back to Hanson because I think it's a great idea, and it got me a 3:46 marathon, about which I was super duper happy.

Thought of the day.

Source: Shape magazine, May 2012.

I was pretty outbursty with the kids this morning, so I'm headed now to get in my 30 minutes so that I can be a better boss for them.

Are you a better boss when you exercise?


What's your current training plan?

22 comments:

  1. Let me/us know how the books are! I'm in the middle of a couple right now and will be sure to post my thoughts about those as well. Nice week of workouts especially given your busy schedule. :)

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  2. yay yay yay! You got the Run Less Run Faster book!!! That's the plan I'm doing for the Savannah race so if you are doing it to, then we can do our Sat long runs together! And push eachother :) Even if you don't do it though, we still need to do our long runs together. I started training today bc my sister is getting married soon and that'll put me a week behind. I'm doing 13 on Sat if you wanna join! I followed the boston qualifying plan in that book when I ran Mercedes (except I substituted 1 or 2 of the 20 milers in the beginning for 17s bc there was no way I was ready for that long of a run so early in the game...and I wasn't really "trying" to qualify, just wanted to finish under 4 hrs) and I honestly loved the way I felt on marathon day! I swear it's better for you to bc you only run 3 days a week...but those 3 days are pretty challenging. I love that book. It just has overall great marathon advice.

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    1. Yes, to all of that! I love the markers it gives you to see if you are ready to qualify. Do you have any half marathons lined up for fall?

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  3. I read and am using the book "Marathons for Mortals" it has me running 3 x a week with 2 cross training days. I weight lift on one day and ride my bike to work and back on the other day. The schedule works really good for me. I might have to look into the run less run faster book. Thanks for the great info.

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    1. That plan sounds very similar to the Run Less Run Faster plan. Putting that one on my to-look-at list. Thanks!

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  4. Looks like some good reads and am curious to know what you think. I am using the Runner's World training plan from the July edition I think just in case Portland marathon magically stays open while I figure out my life. If not I will just increase my mileage and actually do some speed work and hills. Win either way! I don't know about being a better boss since the only things I am in charge of have 4 feet and a tail but I know I am less annoying when I get some exercise in, otherwise I am just all up in everyone's business.

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    1. I'm glad you decided to go for it! It is totally a win/win!

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  5. Definitely a better mommy/boss after a run! I should go out right now and get one in, but I'm reading blogs in my jammies and doing chores:( Bad mommy!

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    1. Ha! That's exactly what I was doing when I wrote the post. I was starting to get so crabby with everyone, so I knew we had to exit the house quickly!

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  6. I need to do more reading!!! I will look into these! Erica

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  7. I've not heard of these books - my training plan was made up by me on a long run a few weeks ago. Probably not the sharpest plan, in that case. Maybe I should get some proper advice. I do like the idea of 'run less, run faster'. I'm happy not to run less but I would love to run a little bit faster!!!

    And yes, I am much nicer to everyone when I'm on top of my running Even if, like you, I'm only the boss of a toddler. And a cat.

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    1. They picked out the perfect title for their book because everyone either wants to either run less or run faster, right? It would be like naming a book Win Cash, Lose an Infectious Disease. Of course we want that!

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  8. Go with the Run Less Run Faster! I used it for a 10K race prior to getting a coach and I was pleased with the results. In addition, I think if you are really bent on running more than 3 days a week, they do state that you can run really SLOWLY and EASILY on your cross training days. Currently, my coached plan is somewhat similar to Run Faster. I run one tempo, one speed, one recovery, and one long run each week.

    And...Yes I am much nicer when I run :)

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    1. Good to hear some more success stories. It would have been nice to have this book when I was supposed to be prepping for a 10k and didn't know how. I didn't even know that was in there because I went straight to the BQ training plans at the back!

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  9. Ha! Two of my favorite books! I was almost instantly injured when I added the mid-week longer distance run Pfitz wants. So as you know I went to RLRF which has been gold for me. That said, I know tons of peeps who swear by Pfitz. But, like you, I am injury prone and do better with XT.
    Running definitely settles me down temper-wise.

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  10. I am also intrigued by the Run Less Run Faster book. I haven't read it but as far as I understand it I basically follow the gist of it anyway. I am not doing too well on the speed work part, though, as every time I venture into that area, I hurt myself. (It might have something to to with the fact that I always surround my first attempts at speedwork with races and new exercises. Duh!)

    Anyway, ..... I have read most of Advanced Marathoning, and I have to toss my vote into that book. It's extremely well written and is packed with good information. In fact, my Hubby credits it a lot for helping to make him faster. (He's run 21 marathons in six years and went from 4-plus hours to his latest - a PR at 3:09.) My two cents, for what it's worth.

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  11. I did the Run Less Run Faster for a 5K race and it got me a PR, and AG win. Now, I will say that all 3 runs were brutal paces and I struggled to keep pace during training, there were no easy runs at all. Race day came and I was not able to maintain my projected pace I trained for, but did PR by 20 secs and get the unexpected AG win. So I guess it worked? I would like to try the full marathon program, but it just doesn't seem like enough miles. I only have 1 full under my belt, using a traditional high mileage program. I remember researching the crap out of programs b/f I started training for the full, it seems like the consensus was: RLRF works for those seasoned runners w/a lot of miles already on their legs, not for the 1st or 2nd time marathoner. Would love to hear how it works for you, if you roll with it.

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  12. Hi-- new commenter to your blog. I found it while looking for feedback on the Hanson plan and have been lurking around for a few weeks. I'm in the process of training for my fourth marathon and liked the logic behind the Hanson plan. First three marathons ran only four days a week-- two short, one medium, one long. I finished each race but they weren't pretty. I realize it's a bit off topic, but you mentioned that the Hanson plan caused injuries. Too many miles? Not enough down time? Any advice? Thanks, Cheryl

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    1. Hey! Yes, when I ran the program, I tried doing the full six days of running a week. It was just too much for my weary bones I guess. The plan says that you can substitute some of the easy run days for rest days, which I should have done. If I do it again, I would definitely add in more rest or cross training days. Also, I ran four marathons in a six-month period (the last three using the Hanson plan). My bones didn't seem to like not getting a break. Also, I did some stupid things like run a shorter race then do speed work the next day. So that was not the fault of the Hanson plan, just my poor planning.:) And not realizing that a race is speed work. I loved how I felt after marathons (except Nashville because of the heat) when I was doing this plan. My body barely felt sore at all, but it took a lot of commitment to run that many days a week. I guess any marathon training plan that doesn't require a high level of commitment is not a very good plan. Hope that helps! And I hope you see this. Blogger doesn't alert people of replies yet.

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    2. Thanks! I really appreciate the feedback. I'll keep in mind your experience as I prep for October-- Marine Corps Marathon. C.

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  13. Hi! Just found your blog it's great! i have the run less, run faster book and it's my running bible. i love it! I Am following the 16 week program for my next marathon and hoping to shave a good chunk of time off my PB so we'll see how it goes. The other book is also a good one, but you've gotta love the 2+3 method with 2 rest days... So good! Happy training :)

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