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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MBE: Training

Monday Brain Exchange is sponsored by Jill, who blogs at Finishing Is Winning.

Question: How do you train? Do you use a schedule, have a coach or go with the flow? Do you train alone or with group?

It sort of depends on the time of year, but for the most part, my training year goes sort of like this:

May through October: Galloway Training Season. This usually starts the first or second weekend in May, and includes organized group runs. I'm a group leader, and we meet each Saturday to run a structured number of miles, or a structured amount of speed work, etc. This is a large group (over 100) in total, although my own group usually runs between 6 and 15 people. This Galloway Program is run by Fleet Feet Baltimore, my home running store. Fleet Feet also has organized runs on Tuesday and Thursday nights, which I frequently participate in, weather permitting (and my definition of "good" weather is a lot different than most).

October through January: In the past, these few months are the ones between when the Galloway training season technically ends and when I run the Walt Disney World Marathon or Half Marathon. I've kept up with a schedule, ramping up miles as necessary, and training with people from my group who are also running Disney or a winter marathon or half. This year will be a little different since I will not be running Disney or any race in January 2011, so we'll see how that will go when we get there.

January through May: Hey, it's where we are now!! This is my time between major races. I focus on other things (weight training, cycling, step aerobics) and just keep up my base mileage. I still run a spring half marathon and train for it, but I don't train quite as hard as I do for a fall or winter race. This is my fun time, and I run with whomever from my group or even not in my group shows up on the trail to run with us.

My group and me at the Baltimore Half Marathon 2008:


onelittletrigirl said...

I think training in cycles is a good thing; keeps you on your toes and away from boredom!

marathonmaiden said...

i so love the idea of training cycles but i rarely do it. i just love going all out all the time. it's likely wearing my body down so i need to take out a big calendar and map out these cycles!

Lacey Nicole said...

i also love the idea of "seasons"... i like being in racing season and then an off season with m ore flexibility. i just need to come up with a schedule for myself that incorporates that philosophy! :) that's a great pic of you guys! so sunny!

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