Despite my ability to run distances without proper training, I’ve started to wonder how much I actually enjoy this. Lately, I’ve finished races thinking “what I could have done if I had trained properly” rather than celebrating crossing the finish line. Sure, it’s funny to finish a race and think, “how did I do that?!” but more and more I miss feeling prepared. Not to mention, as I am less trained, my performance is suffering. I liked being decent at running and I’m noticing I’m losing interest/heart as my paces slow. I still love running but now I feel bad about myself rather than proud.
With that in mind, I’ve made yet another adult decision: I’m dropping down from the 25k this upcoming weekend, to the 10k. It’s a smart move for me. I could probably gut out the 15 miles but then I would be in recovery mode for a couple of weeks since I’m not ready for the distance. I would risk possible injury. I would feel down on myself for not properly training. I wouldn’t be happy with my time. The list continues. But a 10k is managable for me and even though it won’t be my speediest, it will be fun. And I will be able to walk afterward.
With this in mind, I am thinking about the Dopey training plan now. I know – who am I?! But some of the training plans I have seen get up and running (ugh, what a terrible pun!) in July so it’s not too far away. Then I found a training plan that is 30 weeks long.
Whew! I found this training plan on RunningDownaDream23’sBlog. Here it is:
|30||Bike 30||2 miles||3 miles||Rest||Bike 30||5 miles||Core/stretch|
|29||Bike 30||2 miles||3 miles||Rest||Bike 30||5 miles||Core/stretch|
|28||Bike 30||2 miles||3 miles||Rest||Bike 30||6 miles||Core/stretch|
|27||Bike 30||2 miles||5K||Rest||Bike 30||8 miles||Core/stretch|
|26||Bike 30||2 miles||Rest||5K Easy||Bike 30||Ellip 30||Core/stretch|
|25||Bike 30||2 miles||4 miles||2 miles||3 miles||4 miles||8 miles|
|24||Bike 30||3 miles||4 miles||Rest||Bike 30||13 miles||Core/stretch|
|23||Bike 30||3 miles||5 miles||Rest||Bike 30||15 miles||Core/stretch|
|22||Bike 30||4 miles||5 miles||Rest||Bike 30||10 miles||Core/stretch|
|21||Bike 30||3 miles||6 miles||Rest||Bike 30||17 miles||Core/stretch|
|20||Bike 30||5K Easy||Rest||5K Easy||Bike 30min||Ellip 30||Core/stretch|
|19||Rest||Bike 30||Rest||5K Easy||5 miles||6 miles||12 miles|
|18||Bike 30||5K Easy||5 miles||Rest||Bike 30||15 miles||Core/stretch|
|17||Bike 30||5K Easy||6 miles||Rest||Bike 30||17 miles||Core/stretch|
|16||Bike 30||5K Easy||7 miles||Rest||Bike 30||12 miles||Core/stretch|
|15||Bike 30||5K Easy||7 miles||Rest||Bike 30||21 miles||Core/stretch|
|14||Bike 30||5K Easy||Rest||5K Easy||Bike 30||Ellip 30||Core/stretch|
|13||Rest||Bike 30||Rest||5K Easy||10K||8 miles||16 miles|
|12||Bike 30||5K Easy||Rest||10K Easy||Bike 30||17 miles||Core/stretch|
|11||Bike 30||5K Easy||Rest||10K Easy||Bike 30||19 miles||Core/stretch|
|10||Bike 30||5K Easy||Rest||7 miles||Bike 30||14 miles||Core/stretch|
|9||Bike 30||5K Easy||Rest||7 miles||Bike 30||22.5 miles||Core/stretch|
|8||Bike 30||5K Easy||Rest||5K Easy||Bike 30||Ellip 30||Core/stretch|
|7||Rest||Bike 30||Rest||5K Easy||10K Easy||10 miles||21 miles|
|6||Bike 30||5K Easy||10K Easy||Rest||Bike 30||19 miles||Core/stretch|
|5||Bike 30||5K Easy||10K Easy||Rest||Bike 30||21 miles||Core/stretch|
|4||Bike 30||5K Easy||7 miles||Rest||Bike 30||23 miles||Core/stretch|
|3||Bike 30||5K Easy||7 miles||Rest||Bike 30||15 miles||Core/stretch|
|2||Bike 30||5K Easy||7 miles||Core/stretch||Bike 30||20 miles||Core/stretch|
|1||Bike 30||15K Easy||Rest||10K Easy||Bike 30||Ellip 30||Core/stretch|
|0||Rest||Rest||Rest||WDW 5K||WDW 10K||WDW Half||WDW Full|
There is also a intermediate version but it contains significant more mileage and I am not sure I am ready to take that on in the next few months. I’ve linked it here in case you want to view it. There are special instructions that I did not copy and paste here so please know, there is more information.
What I like about this one is the cross-training but still builds in a lot of miles. I also like how this would feel more like an actual lifestyle rather than a training plan. Does that make sense? Maybe I am fooling myself but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a fan of denial.
Not to mention, I swore I would never be as ill-prepared as I was for the Disney World marathon. And guess what? I haven’t been – you know why? I haven’t raced since then! Not on purpose mind you, but now I’ve noticed I’m gun-shy. It’s easier for me to think of a reason not to race rather than to race. I want to reverse this mindset! Which means getting my arse out there. I have no idea if I can follow a training plan but I am going to try my best. Naturally, I’ll keep you posted!