5am on a Saturday what wakes you up? Is it devotion to this craft called running. Or is it allegiance to the calendar. I think we have been at both places during our running journey. When I first started running I ran a route that was 1.33 miles over and over again then stretched it out to a 2 mile route. There were no tempo runs, or speed work. It was just me, shoes, and the road, oh and pain too! After I signed up for my first 5K I began to look at many different training schedules and programs. I picked out the one I thought best for me and stuck to it. Come hell or high water I ran. I did not deviate from the schedule one bit. That was good for running but not so good for married life.
Currently what I do is take blocks or phases then adjust weekly mileage to be where I want it to be. For example I am at the end of a bass phase about to move into a building phase. My base phase is 6 weeks long and the goal is to get comfortable running 35 miles a week by the end. Within a week there is speed work, tempo runs, recovery runs, and others. The next part of my training will be a build phase. The aim is to get upwards of 50 miles a week with 26-30 miles on the weekends. In this phase are natural peeks and lulls. Two weeks are hard mileage and one week is easy, about 5-10 miles less for the week. Repeat this up and down process for 9 weeks never increasing my miles by more than 10%. I like to be flexible in my training. I want to run but I don't want running to take over my life, too late. I will still get a long run in but it may be at night. If I do speed work and am not feeling it, I switch it up. This week I have walked and ran 27.7 miles. I am going out for a 7.3 mile run so that I can get to 35 miles for the week. See you in a bit, just after I find where I put my clean running clothes.
How do you train for events?