The Running Lull is officially over! And I have a new goal and a plan. I’m the kind of girl who needs both a goal and a plan. Now I have both and that makes me really happy.
The goal race is the Berkeley 10k. It’s part of the inaugural Berkeley Half Marathon on November 24th. 5 weeks away as of Monday. My goal is 52:30 or below, which requires an 8.26 pace. For this mid-pack girl, that’s quite fast. So I wanted a formal training plan. I did some online research and didn’t find a plan that really suited me. Most involved running 5 x weekly which will burn my spirit out faster than cynicism! Lots of plans involved track workouts which WILL NEVER HAPPEN! So I took the key elements of each plan and pulled together my own plan. And this is what it looks like.
Monday: Long run. Starting at 9 miles, working up to 12. With some faster miles thrown in.
Tuesday: Easy run. 4 miles, working up to 5.
Wednesday: Yoga. Yep, I’ve found a Wednesday evening class and I will be stretching this poor body on a weekly basis.
Thursday: Tempo run. 6 or 7 miles every week with increasing mileage at tempo.
Friday: Kickboxing. I desperately need to do some cross training. A while ago, I bought a groupon for a boxing gym and this class fits my schedule perfectly.
Saturday: Fartlek. (Hehe). 4 – 5 miles with speed intervals of varying length.
In addition to the training, I also want to look at my diet. I am not ‘ON a diet’. I’m pretty happy with my weight – it hasn’t changed since I lost the baby weight. However since I became a veggie (ovo-lacto-pescatarian if you’re really fussy), I feel like I’ve thickened out. My waist feels thicker, my tummy feels more bloated. I think I’ve substituted meat/protein with too many carbohydrates. I’m a big fan of carbs and have no plans to ditch them, but I need to be more mindful of my carb consumption.
Last week, I read this really interesting post on Emily’s blog. She is basically trying an eating plan whereby she limits her carbs during the day, teaching her body to burn fat instead of carbs. She then eats her carbs at night, fuelling up for the morning’s run. This suits my family set-up very well – our dinners tend to be carb-heavy but I could easily (!) go carb-free during the day within sensible limits. Specifically, I would eat carbs before my long run and I would also eat some fruit. So I’m going to be adopting this eating plan for the 5 weeks of this training plan with the proviso that if anything feels odd, I ditch it immediately. I’d be really interested in any comments you had about the plan!
In the interests of full disclosure, I am two days into this eating plan and haven’t managed it once!
Anyway…Berkeley, I am coming for you.