Ok, so I didn’t quite run every day in April.
I was darn close. I missed exactly three days, all of them in the last week of the month after I decided to take a break from the body-crushing, soul-mushing exercise of trying to fit in a daily run.
That said, I entered the month fifty klicks behind my schedule-for-the-year, having dragged my sick, sorry, vacationing feet a little too slowly for the first three months of 2016. I leave April fifty klicks ahead of schedule, feeling a lot stronger and a lot faster… and actually ready to train for this damn marathon in November. In fact, I logged 217 klicks in April. Not Olympian-level but definitely on pace for a guy registered for a marathon later this year.
That said, I’ve worked out a high level tactical approach for my next six months of training & leading up to November’s race. I’m doing a ten percent build.
Starting in May, I’m going to aim to run to a target weekly distance. My goal will be to hit within 10% of that distance, come hell or high water.
So (appropriately enough) for May I’m going to run a marathon distance every week. A total of 42.2 km (+/- 4.2km) from Sunday to Saturday. Until June… and then I’m going to increase that by 10%.
So the year maps out like this:
|Month||Weekly Distance (km)||Variance (km)|
This gets me into October built up to some serious weekly klicks, with room for a weekly long run (say 35-40 klicks) with some space for my hills, tempos, and speed work built in. It also leaves some buffer for the general all-around busy-ness of life… which if you are a working dad with a summer of plans ahead of you that you’re hoping don’t complete collide in a mess of crushed dreams before November… well…
All this said I haven’t worked out the nitty-gritty details quite yet. Summer will offer challenges. Weather. Work. I’ve got to squeeze in some cross-training, too. Maybe some time in the pool. And the dog still needs a daily walk.
But it’s all coming together. Let the training begin! (For reals this time.)